Hideo Kojima tweets a picture of a PlayStation VR headset as well as a pair of PS Move controllers while visiting Sony’s dedicated PlayStation VR studio in London.
Hideo Kojima spent much of 2015 in the shadows, not allowed to attend award ceremonies or be seen in public promoting Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain due to ongoing legal issues with his then-employer Konami. Now free of Konami, Kojima has set out on his own to create a brand new IP, and while details on the game remain scarce, it’s looking like it may incorporate some form of virtual reality technology.
Kojima has expressed interest in virtual reality in the past, so it comes as no surprise that he’s considering the tech for use with his next game. In fact, Kojima has even included virtual reality as a central plot point in a couple of his games, so it appears as though the developer’s affinity for the technology predates devices like Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR by quite some time.
PlayStation VR, by the way, is the device that Kojima has recently shown the most interest in. While visiting Sony’s dedicated PlayStation VR team in London earlier today, Kojima tweeted a picture of the headset along with two PlayStation Move devices, perhaps suggesting that his next game will even incorporate motion controls as well.
Visiting London Studio VR team. pic.twitter.com/cBSUBDIF7X— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) January 25, 2016
Ever since Kojima Productions announced a partnership with Sony as well as expressed interest in VR, a PlayStation VR game seemed like a no-brainer. Whether or not the game that the studio ends up making actually uses VR by the time it has finished development remains to be seen, however. A number of things could happen by then, such as the VR trend flopping, or the studio deciding to go in a different direction with the game.
The first game from the reborn Kojima Productions is being developed for PC as well as PS4, so if it did use virtual reality, it would have to be optimized for another headset as well. Perhaps Kojima will be visiting the offices of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive in the near future to get a handle on how the VR tech from those companies functions in comparison to PlayStation VR.
In any case, speculation will continue to run rampant until Kojima himself releases concrete details about his next gaming venture. He has hinted in the past that it may be a collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, and Kojima has also been spotted recently with the likes of JJ Abrams on his global tour of seeking out high-end technology. It’s becoming clear that Hideo Kojima’s next game is going to be quite ambitious, VR or not, and it will be exciting to see what the final product ultimately entails.
Whatever Hideo Kojima’s first post-Konami game happens to be, it will be available on PlayStation 4 and PC at some point in the future.