Speaking with VG247, PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan talked about Sony’s partnership with Kojima Productions on the PlayStation 4 console-exclusive Death Stranding, revealing that they’ve made a significant investment in the game:
First of all I’m not a studio guy, I’m a publisher suit. But my perspective on that would be if you try to place too many constraints on a free spirit like [Hideo Kojima] it’s probably not a wise thing to do. But equally, clearly, with something like that there’s a significant investment on the part of Sony, and all of us who make those sort of decisions around that sort of investment are ultimately accountable to Sony shareholders. It’s a balance between allowing the creativity to flourish and recognizing that we’re part of a business.
Kojima added in an interview with Game Informer that he’d already had a vision for Death Stranding in mind when he announced his partnership with Sony in December:
In December we announced our studio, and announced we were working with Sony for our first title. At that point, I already had a vision in mind, and I had to try to figure out how I would make it. In that regard, I was in search of an engine, and what tools would I use, and what services would be available to make it. The problem with that wasn’t only the technology, but I had to find facilities, and put together a team. I was also studying what kind of environment [Sony] had, and what would be the best one for my team.
You can see our analysis of the Death Stranding trailer over here.