Hideo Kojima is widely regarded as one of the most imaginative minds in video games, and speaking during a Death Stranding panel at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, he admitted that he has no interest in following the Battle Royale boom. To the sound of thunderous applause, he said: “The easiest way to make money is to make a game where everyone is on an island trying to shoot each other. I don't want to make that.”
To be fair, not every Battle Royale game has found success, so we think Kojima is being a teensy bit reductive here. Of course, we’re thrilled that the auteur is charting his own path, and we think the industry needs more unique projects like Death Stranding in order to thrive. As our Mum used to say: variety is the spice of life.