Hideo Kojima, the enigmatic game creator, has made a triumphant return with the revival of his YouTube show, 'HideoTube.' Yes, the genius himself, Hideo Kojima, stars in this Hideo Kojima production. Okay, okay, enough with the obvious jokes. In this special 2024 episode, after a seven-year hiatus, Kojima takes center stage alongside host Risa Unai and various talking heads from Kojima Productions. Strap in, folks, because we're about to embark on an hour-long journey filled with self-praise, Death Stranding 2 trailers, and a surprising revelation about a new game that might just be another Metal Gear installment.
Let's address the elephant in the room first. Kojima has never been one to shy away from blowing his own horn, and this episode of HideoTube is no exception. We witness Kojima and his colleagues relishing in the greatness of the recent trailers for Death Stranding 2, OD, and the Physint announcement. It's like finding pleasure in the fragrance of your own flatulence. But fear not, dear readers, I braved the self-indulgence so you wouldn't have to.
While there is some discussion about Death Stranding 2 and OD (which we'll get to soon), the real gem comes towards the end of the show. Kojima ponders over the possibility of Physint becoming the spiritual successor to the Metal Gear series. Brace yourselves, because it seems like someone has embraced their inner Big Boss.
"[Physint] will be both a game and a movie at the same time," Kojima declares. "When you play this game, even your dear mother might mistake it for a movie. We haven't fully explored its potential yet."
But let's delve deeper into Kojima's motivations for creating this intriguing project. "Why did I make this game?" Kojima asks himself. "Well, after gaining independence, I wanted to do something new with my own intellectual property. So I challenged myself by creating Death Stranding. Then, to establish a franchise, I made Death Stranding 2. And now, I wanted to venture into even newer territory, so I began working on OD."
Over the past eight years, Kojima has been bombarded by fans worldwide, pleading for another Metal Gear installment. If you follow his social media accounts, you've witnessed the relentless requests. At first, Kojima remained tight-lipped about the series that defined him. However, in recent years, he has been more engaged, acknowledging Metal Gear anniversaries and his past contributions. As it turns out, there was a significant turning point that prompted this change.
"In 2020, I fell ill," Kojima reveals. "During the pandemic, I was sick and isolated. I even underwent surgery. It was a dark time for me, and I felt like I couldn't go back to making games."
It was during this period of introspection that Kojima realized the fragility of life. His father's passing, when Kojima was just a young boy, left a lasting impact on him. This theme of mortality has permeated his work ever since. However, facing one's own mortality is an entirely different experience.
"Last year, I turned 60," Kojima continues. "In ten years, I'll be 70. I don't plan on retiring. But if the fans desire it so much, a new Metal Gear-style game, I decided to shift my priorities a bit."
Kojima confesses that he was tempted by offers to delve into the world of filmmaking. However, his dedication to his company and the impossibility of leaving for extended periods prevented him from pursuing those opportunities. Thankfully, his conversation with the esteemed Guillermo del Toro shed some light on the matter.
"I still want to explore new avenues, but I've chosen to create an action-espionage game," Kojima reveals. "Hollywood has approached me countless times to make movies, but I declined. Now that I have my own company, disappearing for one or two years to make a movie would spell disaster. I was in a tough spot."
He continues, "But when I spoke to Guillermo del Toro about it, he said, 'Hideo, what you're creating is already a movie. Keep doing what you're doing.'"
Del Toro's words became Kojima's salvation. Since they will collaborate with numerous creators in the industry, even though the end result is a game, it won't be too dissimilar from a movie.
So, Metal Gear fans, prepare to get hyped for Physint, even though its release is still years away (and yes, we're silently praying for a PC version, Sony). In other HideoTube shenanigans, Elle Fanning takes the stage to rave abouther cameo appearance in Death Stranding 2, and Kojima showcases a bizarre commercial for his new line of BB-themed merchandise.
All in all, HideoTube's return episode was a mixed bag of self-promotion, intriguing teasers, and the promise of a possible Metal Gear resurrection. Whether you're a die-hard Kojima fan or just curious about his eccentricities, one thing is certain: Hideo Kojima is back, and he's ready to make waves in the gaming industry once again.