Auteur game developer Hideo Kojima has made some bold comments regarding his next project, which he claims will change not only the video game industry but also the film industry irrevocably. We'd warrant tempering expectations on that front slightly, as singular creatives have made similarly grandiose claims in the past and are worth taking with a hearty heaping of salt.
Kojima made the comments during an extensive interview with The Guardian, which looks back at his impressive 36-year career in game development, seven of which has been spent as an independent. He wore a t-shirt bearing the words "Who Am I?", an allusion to the ongoing marketing campaign for the mystery project, which has been confirmed to involve actress Elle Fanning. Currently, Kojima Productions has at least two major video game projects in the works, one of which is believed to be Death Stranding 2.
Kojima has wanted to make whatever it is that comes next for years, with the technology being insufficient to achieve his ambitions... until now. Kojima says "It’s almost like a new medium. If this succeeds, it will turn things around – not just in the game industry, but in the movie industry as well."
The biggest issue facing the project, though, is the infrastructure and the inherent danger of being a market leader. Kojima explains, "you can have successful experiments, but there’s a long distance between an experiment and a place where it’s something that becomes a part of everyday usage. For the first person, everything is hard. But I want to be the first. I want to keep being the first."
Shoot for the moon, Kojima. Ambition isn't always a good thing, but if anyone can revolutionise the video game industry, we would warrant he would make the shortlist. After all, he's done it before. As for the movie industry and transcending the medium? Well, one step at a time.
What do you think of Kojima's comments? Are we all getting a little ahead of ourselves here? Keep the faith in the comments section below.