Hideo Kojima has achieved a resounding reputation in his decades-long career, being the face behind the Metal Gear Solid games and most recently Death Stranding. Throughout, Kojima has also brought in exotic elements. One of Kojima’s latest ideas sounds intriguing and ambitious.
In an interview with Japanese magazine Anan, Hideo Kojima shared that he is looking to create a game that “changes in real time”. Accordingly, the elements in the game will change corresponding to where the player is living. It’s still a bit vague, but looking back at the things he’s done in the past is a good way to unravel the meaning of this idea.
One example is Death Stranding, which is set in the United States after a cataclysmic event causes destructive creatures to begin moving across the Earth. The player controls Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus), a courier tasked with transporting supplies to isolated colonies and reconnecting them over a wireless communication network. Many commentators say that the elements in the game are quite similar to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kojima’s ideas tend to get pretty weird, so it’s not hard to imagine ways he would implement a new game where elements change based on the player’s position and perspective. , although it’s hard to tell which are simple elements.
In the interview Kojima stated Boktai, a Game Boy Advance game developed by Kojima and published by Konami in 2003 whereby the game used the Game Boy’s light sensor as a means for the player to destroy vampire.
It was an interesting feature at the time, and today technology has advanced quite a bit so Kojima can easily figure out how to take advantage of the latest features of modern consoles. For example, Kojima was able to make a PlayStation exclusive game where the PS5 DualSense’s built-in microphone and adaptive trigger could be easily incorporated into the game mechanics.
There are many rumors that Hideo Kojima is working on some new projects although no official information has been confirmed. Maybe his next project will be Death Stranding 2, although it’s hard to say exactly. However, the idea of a game that can change in real life will certainly be very attractive to the fan community.