On the heels of the news of legendary game maker Kojima, creating his own studio and already having a deal with Sony for a PS4 exclusive we talk about the stupid waste of money that was Kojima Productions Los Angeles.
Fall back to 2013, then laugh at the fact that the studio was around for only three years at what had to be millions dollars. It was big LA news for someone to take a Howard Hughes home -yeah, one of the richest SOB's on the planet in his time -and transform it into a modern and amazing game studio mostly for Kojima himself.
In what has to hurt in retrospective thought, here's a quote from Geek Nation attending the grand opening event,"President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.’s Tomoyuki Tsuboi added,
“The Los Angeles studio emphasizes Konami and Kojima Productions
commitment to expanding our development footprint. The new studio will
put Kojima Productions in the heart of the West, which will benefit
future releases as it will introduce new talent and creativity to the
Oooh, that has to hurt.
Well, that dream is now dead.
Wasted money is what the whole venture has been as now after so few years of service, the studio was terminated as of last month, of course being re-named Konami Los Angeles.
The reasoning for the company coming out West was mostly bravado, a big look at me moment for Konami. But, in genuine need, LA is a city to hire everyone for game services. You need developers, they're here or in San Fran. You don't need such a beautiful facility to make those games though, especially when most other companies are dying or went though massive restructuring.
It goes back to what we write about often, the Japanese not understanding the American market, the petty nature of it's companies-anything Kojima related had to go, just common sense.
You don't build a new studio and lose it three years after it's done unless you really screw up.