In the recent days, Kojima gave interviews to different magazines about his newest game, Death Stranding. One of those interviews turned out to be especially interesting.
We first saw some gameplay from Hideo Kojima‘s Death Stranding at E3 2018 – however most of the gameplay only shown the character walking around – the rest of the trailer was full of cutscenes. But at least we learned some insights about developing the game thanks to a recent interview that Kojima gave to The Telegraph. In the mentioned interview Kojima simply rejected the notion that he is trying to legitimate games as an art form/medium by using famous people and actors in his games.
You can read Kojima‘s statement here:
‘That’s not my aim at all. Game development is something that takes a lot of energy and requires a lot of time and is something you wholly invest your life into. I’m sure it’s the same case for making a movie but when you’re investing so much you don’t think about whether actors sell or whether they’re famous or they’re established. For me, it was more working with people I trust and people I like to work with.
Back in the day, we didn’t use actors – we created characters from scratch like they did in anime. In my case, I’ve been making games for 32 years and the technology now means I can create whatever I can think of with 100% validity. But that’s not interesting because it has no analog element, it has no organic, living element. For example, if I had Norman here I might say I want him sitting in this chair and he’ll say, no, I think it would be better if I sit over here. And I’ll be, right, let’s see what comes out of it.
I want to get the kind of chemical reaction that comes out of using these actors, to create the game and develop the game together. Working with Norman, working with Mads, working with Lindsay, working with Lea – all of them contribute a lot and have a lot of ideas. Especially Mads – he’s the guy who takes over the whole set at times!’
Death Stranding doesn’t have a release date yet, so it’s possible that it will be a cross-gen title, releasing not just on the PlayStation 4, but on the next PlayStation – presumably PlayStation 5 – as well.