On Monday, the Japanese game developer announced a new division located in Los Angeles, California, which it says will expand its games into other mediums.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, the new division will be led by PlayStation veteran Riley Russell, who worked at Sony Interactive Entertainment for nearly three decades as chief legal officer, and VP of business affairs.
“The new division will be tasked with working with creative and talented professionals in television, music and film, as well as the more familiar games industry,” Russell told GI.
“The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions, and to make them even more a part of our popular culture.
He added: “Although we are a global organization, the new business development team will be centred in Los Angeles, CA. We are truly excited and looking forward to working with the very best entertainment talent we can, across all of the entertainment industries.”
Kojima Productions’ business development manager Yoshiko Fukuda added: “Finding new ways to entertain, engage and offer value to our fans is essential in a fast-moving, ever changing storytelling world.
“Our new division will take the studio into even more areas that present our creative narratives beyond videogames and to open up ways for our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in these spaces.”
Game designer Hideo Kojima, who turned 58 years old in August, marked the occasion by vowing to continue creating for as long as possible.
“Although my body is failing me, my creativity is not waning yet,” he said. “Until my brain loses its creative power, I’ll continue to strive to create things. That’s my instinct, and that’s what I love to do.”