Hideo Kojima PS4 PlayStation 4 1

The reports were true: Hideo Kojima has formed a new studio and has partnered with PlayStation to deliver an "innovative gaming experience" as part of a new PlayStation 4 console exclusive. The Metal Gear Solid maker's new team is independent, but it looks like it will be working very closely with Sony during the creation of its first title. The platform holder is so excited that it uploaded a video to its YouTube channel to announce the news.

"PlayStation's history is one of game innovation and great new franchises," gaffer Andrew House explained. "Hideo Kojima has been a huge part of that history, and we are therefore delighted that he has chosen to bring his brand new project to life in partnership with PlayStation. We look forward to working with him on an exciting new game and warmly welcome him to the PlayStation family."

Kojima-san, kitted out with a distinguished beard, added: "I will be taking on a new challenge by establishing my own independent studio, and I am thrilled to be able to embark on this journey with PlayStation, who I have continued to work with all these past years. I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise."

This is absolutely gigantic news, and a major scoop for Sony – even if it sounds like the title may also launch on PC. Given his history, it always seemed likely that Kojima would end up working with the Japanese giant – but, of course, there were no guarantees that he'd even continue making games a few weeks ago. The veteran tweeted that his contract with Konami has now been terminated, and that "today marks a new start for me". That start begins with PlayStation. Wow!

Update (11:00AM GMT): There's a little more information about the partnership through here. Sony will publish the game on the PS4 but it will launch on PC at a later date, as expected.

[via youtube.com]