Hideo Kojima seems to have no interest in working on another horror game, despite the positive reception for P.T. before the cancellation of Silent Hills.
As we eagerly await more news on the upcoming Hideo Kojima title, Death Stranding, the man himself discusses why he would never want to develop another horror game in the future. This comes shortly after the announcement that the eagerly-anticipated title, starring Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, would not be pursuing a dark, horror aspect in its development.
Though responsible for creating P.T., a terrifying sample of what could have been if the production for Silent Hills had not been cancelled, Kojima spoke to IGN at RTX Sydney this year, commenting that he is not interested in returning to the horror franchise. Interestingly enough, one reason he doesn’t wish to revisit the horror genre is due to his capacity for being more prone to getting spooked.
“I get scared very easily,” revealed Kojima. “Actually, this is true of Alfred Hitchcock as well as Steven Spielberg. Because they scare easily, because I scare easily, it’s actually easy for us to make something that is scary, because we understand what is scary.”
The widely-renowned video game designer went on to say that the process of thinking up such terrifying situations often gives the creators nightmares. And whether or not Hideo Kojima sticks to his decision to never return to horror, there’s little doubt in any P.T. fan’s mind that the man is capable of making his players feel truly unsettled.
“I think the most effective way to scare someone is to show them something that’s slightly out of the ordinary,” the founder of Kojima Productions commented. “Slightly off, but at first glance, they don’t know what it is about it that is unusual. When you do something like this, it confuses the mind, and that becomes unnerving for the person who sees it.”
The idea of the unknown is also something that Kojima picks up on as a staple for a good scare. As seen with the original Alien film, the actual Xenomorph itself isn’t revealed for most of the movie, which the developer comments makes it that much more scary.
We will have to wait to see what direction Kojima has decided to take with Death Stranding as more information begins to be released, but ruling out horror might come with a breath of relief to the more easily-frightened fans of the developer’s past work. For now, we know that the game will be open world and story driven, incorporating both action and online components in its gameplay.
With the game entering “full swing” development as we begin to head further into 2017, more details will be hopefully become available sometime in the near future. Optimistically, it seems that Kojima already has a release date in mind for Death Stranding but, of course, we’re not privy to that information just yet.
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Hideo Kojima’s latest project, Death Stranding, is currently in production for PlayStation 4.