Yesterday Hideo Kojima spoke with IGN about the plans that he and Metal Gear veterans Yoji Shinakawa and Ken Imaizumi have for the new-minted Kojima Productions.
Most recently, Kojima had announced that the company would be working with Sony to make a PlayStation-exclusive game. We don’t know much more about the specifics, except that it will probably have robots.
“I want to create something that’s what people expect, but at the same time will have something new that people haven’t seen before,” Kojima said.
Yoji Shinkawa added, “We’ve been working on a franchise that is beloved and has recognizable characters. One of my big goals is, visually, with whatever characters we create, to go beyond that, to be more recognizable, more beloved. That’s definitely one of the goals I have when it comes to the art side.”
Kojima also expressed interest in continuing Silent Hills, which might give Guillermo Del Toro pause. The director had sworn off video games after Konami cancelled Silent Hills. If Kojima does indeed still hold the rights to the Silent Hill IP, it would be amazing to see the new game resurrected.
Most importantly, they all expressed gratitude to the fans.
“One thing that happened through this period, the voice of the fans, the people who expected a lot, they gave me courage,” Shinkawa said. “They made me feel really good. I felt really gratified having worked so hard in creating games and doing the art I create. I want to correspond to the fans, to get back to them, and I think working again with Mr. Kojima is a great way to do this.”
Kojima added, “I’ve been in this industry for 30 years. I turned 52 this year. I’m getting to a new start, and I am very confident. I’ll keep creating games until the day I die. Rest assured I’m making more games, something more fun, something you haven’t seen, and it would be great if I could count on the fans to support me in this.”