While Hideo Kojima’s portfolio is heavily outlined by his history in video games, the video game producer has revealed that his new studio, Kojima Productions, will also be making films in the future.
If there’s anyone in the gaming industry that could be considered a film and media enthusiast, it would undoubtedly be Hideo Kojima, the president of Kojima Productions. His expertise in the matter hasn’t gone unnoticed either as his history in games have come to the forefront with overly cinematic experiences, each game tackling different genres, but mostly in a military-like setting (i.e. the Metal Gear franchise).
With the studio’s upcoming title Death Stranding set to release tomorrow, November 8th, 2019, fans have already been getting a taste of his unique vision. One that has left the games media industry rather divided based on recent reviews and impressions of the studio’s newest game.
To further confirm his interest in tackling the film industry, Hideo Kojima sat down and spoke with BBC in a BBC Newsbeat documentary about Kojima and his studio, “In the future, Kojima Productions will start making films. If you can do one thing well, then you can do everything well,” he stated to BBC.
“I think within the next few years, gaming will move on to streaming,” he adds. “Movies, dramas and games will all be streamed, and you’ll enjoy them on your iPad or iPhone or a screen anytime, anywhere. When that happens, games, films, and dramas will have to compete in the same space. I’m very interested in the new format of games that will appear on there, and that’s what I want to take on.”
Kojima isn’t actually all that wrong. Studios such as Remedy, Quantic Dreams, and even various other studios underneath both Microsoft Studios and Sony Interactive Studios have mastered this. Many games have taken a movie-like approach in how they are represented, which doesn’t come all that strange as motion-capture, voice acting, and even CGI have begun to bridge the gaps on how games are experienced.
One of the next big pushes will be Death Stranding, which launches on November 8th, 2019, exclusively for PlayStation 4 and in 2020 for PC.
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