Video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment announced last week the opening of its new video game development studio in Playa Vista.
The Japanese video game company said the Playa Vista studios will house Kojima Productions with teams dedicated to developing the company's well-known Metal Gear Solid franchise.
As gaming takes the world stage as one of the greatest forms of entertainment, it’s only natural for us to expand our operations across the globe,” said Kojima Productions Director Hideo Kojima. “And since Los Angeles is ground zero for the best studios, facilities and world-class talent, we are leaning on of these local resources to build an incredible team to create gaming experiences that are just as compelling as any film or television show."
Metal Gear Solid, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has sold more than 35.4 million games worldwide. The new Playa Vista studios will be instrumental in developing the franchise further, the company said.
"The Los Angeles studio emphasizes Konami and Kojima Productions commitment to expanding our development footprint,” said Konami Digital Entertainment President Tomoyuki Tsuboi. “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 development teams.”
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the studios as being located in Playa del Rey. In fact, the studios are located in Playa Vista. Patch regrets the error.