Composer Ludvig Forssell has announced that he's leaving his position as audio director at Kojima Productions.
Forssell, who composed the soundtracks for our 2020 GOTY (opens in new tab) Death Stranding (opens in new tab), Metal Gear Solid V, and PT (R.I.P) tweeted that he was leaving the studio after 10 years of working with Hideo Kojima in order to pursue freelance opportunities.
"After 10 years working in-house as a Composer/Audio Director at Kojima Productions, I'm excited to announce that I'll be pursuing my future as a freelance composer," Forssell wrote. "It's been a blast! Thanks, KJP! Now, I'm happy to tackle a variety of projects in all types of media."
ANNOUNCEMENT:After 10 years working in-house as a Composer/Audio Director at Kojima Productions, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be pursuing my future as a freelance composer.It’s been a blast! Thanks, KJP! Now, I’m happy to tackle a variety of projects in all types of media. pic.twitter.com/tXWh2ibh12March 31, 2021
It doesn't mean Forssell will never compose for a Kojima game again though, with the studio's Twitter account replying (opens in new tab) "we look forward to continue working with you" and Forssell replying "Absolutely!"
It's not the news most people were expecting, since Forssell had tweeted that he had "important news" (opens in new tab) the day before. Games Twitter went into a bit of a frenzy, as it does, convinced that either Death Stranding was coming to Xbox or that they had somehow acquired Kojima Productions. Spoiler: neither.