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Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima has made some bold statements in the past, but his latest claim might be the loudest of them all. When Death Stranding was in development, he believed that the Kojima Productions team was pioneering a new genre, the “beach game”. This time, he claims to be making something “like a new medium,” one that could have lasting effects for both video games and movies.
There are currently two games in development at Kojima Productions. Death Stranding head Norman Reedus may have let slip that a sequel to that game is in development, so this new statement from Kojima seems to be referring to the second project. It’s apparently something he’s wanted to do for years, but it wasn’t possible without newer technology. “If this succeeds, it will turn things around – not only in the gaming industry, but also in the film industry,” he claims.
That’s a bold statement, especially for something that will apparently be very experimental. “You can have successful experiments, but there is a long distance between an experiment and a place where it becomes part of everyday life,” he continues. “But I will be the first. I will continue to be the first.” Whatever Kojima is referring to, it clearly involves some level of risk—experiments can also fail.
Of course, Kojima is always humble about his projects. His next game is reportedly called Overdose and is said to star Margaret Qualley, who previously appeared as Mama in Death Stranding. That secretive nature is perhaps at odds with Kojima’s social media presence, where he often posts pictures of himself with famous people. Most recently, he scanned face models of director SS Rajamouli and actress Elle Fanning, leading many to suspect that they will appear in one of these upcoming games. Whatever Kojima is working on, The Game Awards 2022 would be a good place to give us a first look when it airs in December.