The creator of Metal Gear has revealed he may never have started his own company if it wasn’t for the kindness of fans, and according to a new interview with Japanese mag Famitsu, he almost didn’t get the chance to make Death Stranding.
“I was a 53-year-old middle-aged guy, I didn’t have any money or much of anything else, and it was just me saying I was going to make this open world game”, said Kojima after this exit from Konami.
“Even when I went to the bank, I couldn’t borrow money,” he insisted. “They said, “We know you’re renowned, but you don’t have any actual results”. This is the kind of country Japan is.” The difference was meeting a fan: “There was a banker at the biggest bank [in Japan] who was a huge fan of mine, and I got the financing”. And when he had trouble finding a decent building to house his new studio, called Kojima Productions, apparently that was down to a landlord who also turned out to be a fan. “The reason why I’m who I am now is because of the 30 years I had at Konami,’” said Kojima,” I am grateful to Konami, and I cannot deny that connection.”