Kojima reveals full character render of Ludens, the mascot of his new studio

Kojima has released a high quality render of Ludens, the mascot of the new studio. He also provided some information on what this character represents.

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“LUDENS, the icon of Kojima Productions. We’ll deliver THE NEW PLAY in THE NEW FUTURE with the cutting-edge equipment, technology, & the frontier spirit. The gear he’s wearing is the extra-vehicular activity(EVA) creative suit.”

An ‘extra-vehicular activity suit’ is a suit that allows astronauts to survive in outer space, outside of the planet’s atmosphere.

Update: Kojima made some additional comments on the character’s design:

“This was designed with the nostalgic elements that exists in the nature/the history. On the surface of the space suit, there’s a Turing shaped pattern, (the texture you often see in the Arthropod) and the yellow cam-like device idea was brought from the Turing machine.”

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Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter

  • Full Options

    MAAAAANNN, look at this encrusted features… Looks like a “DD+Parasite space-suit”, freshly out from R&D unit !!
    Just marvellous !

    https://m.popkey.co/2902ed/oZD8D.gif

  • This is crazy. I’m glad we have this. this is a solid proof that Hideo Kojima loves his community.
    Basically he prepared this before the interview that he will have in a few days.

    btw, I love this suit. I love the idea.
    My favorite part of the suit is his head with blue… LED on it.

    KOJIMA RELEASE THIS SUIT FOR MGSV… ;(

    • Full Options

      Yeah I am just going completely NUTS here.
      A pure love-thunderbolt for this suit ! Maybe the skull is somehow Snake’s.., like dead but his spirit is still there, or a kind of last stage of transformation of the MGSV trailer !? :DD

  • Batzi

    3 words. Holy fucking shit.

  • Really nice Metal Gear vibe in terms of design, especially the suit.

    • Full Options

      A kind of sneaking+parasite+space style or something… SO COOL !! 😀

    • Jav

      It’s a skull.

      • The suit is a skull?

        • Jav

          Like a skull with bag.

  • César H. Sandoval

    He’s BEAUTIFUL

  • Kojima just dropped the bomb for no reason really other than make us super happy. He knows that we wait for something from him and this is it. This is the first piece of the puzzle. So great.

    • Full Options

      Perhaps we can finally expect also a bit more at Nordic Game’s talk then… ;D
      YUMMMMMY !

  • Kojima is God.

    • alexis

      I personally pictured a body like Sundowners 😛

      • “All I’m saying is: give war a chance.”

        • “How’s an honest war monger supposed to make a living?”

  • Full Options
  • Guys, if you look at the character. If you zoom in, you can see that there is a dead person inside that suit or fully android-like body.

    Something tells me that the planet earth is dead and there won’t be any humans at all. Maybe humanity is dead and these guys are searching for a new home where they can rebuild humanity.

    oh no, Kojima what you have done with me? It’s time for the Crazy Grey Fox theories… God damn it Kojima.

    • What if this is the ‘life’ after death and humanity has actually managed to fuck it up too o_o

      • Classic humanity

      • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

        That is such a Kojima plot – I would love him to make a game about the concept of death – in a physical, emotional, ideological and philosophical sense; combing action, stealth and horror.

    • In his tweet he also points out that he’s wearing a specific “EVA” suit. Implying other suits perhaps? Different terrains and environments use different suits?

    • Darby Crash

      That’s Venom Snake reassembled after Outer Heaven battle vs. Solid!1!11!!

      I want to believe.

  • That Shinkawa design is fucking great. I swear he can do no wrong!

    • Full Options

      Yeah, I am so happy in all ways !! He is always really doing things the way we love ;DD

  • Crazyboi_06

    HOTT FUCKIN DAMN!!!!!!!

  • XIFF-5

    FUWEufiufhgwjhegrwfjywqe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stefano Musilli

    think it’s basically confirmed that it will appear in the game. Why else would they have a model for it?

    • Because they want to create a mascot. It’s possible that the character has something to do with their next game, but not confirmed as of now.

      • Kol Leqejza

        that kojipro used the FOX-logo as their own is a strong indicator, that ludens could be in the game in any kind of way.

  • BurntFM

    I thought all the fan-art renders of the body were amazing but looking at the official one…..There’s no comparison to Shinkawa san. Better than I could have imagined.

  • Hold meh…

  • Full Options

    “Not too edgy”, huh ? 😀
    What’s cool is that the modeling and shading quality are extremely advanced. There is yet a tremendous work on this mesh !!

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      Was it rendered in a game engine they are thinking of using – I just thought it was a render done by a 3rd party, not in-house. I hope the render was done by KojiPro as it would be the first glance at the graphical capabilities of their engine.

      • Full Options

        I doubt about it. Possibly… Edges are not that anti-aliased after all, but some parts look rough / detailed… I think it is safe to consider it is not real-time… YET… 😀

        • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

          Yeah – it seems a bit too high poly for me to believe it’s real time. And the texture detail at some parts are insane.

          • Full Options

            They can add tons of polys for a static shot.. That’s why I am wondering about your question… But yet, even if it is simple communication, Koji-apart… This is looking like people worried about slightest details. Reminds me some dudes… ;D

  • Mr.Pony

    Now that’s one kickass astronaut suit, take notes NASA.

  • alexis

    Ahh, he looks fantastic. Great color scheme and design.
    Waiting to see who will be the first to roll out a cosplay! Will surely be a thing to behold

    • Yeah, someone needs to carry the KojiPro flag to the next gaming event.

  • The site hasn’t been this busy in quite a while. 😛

    Edit: 317 now.

    • Full Options

      Your portal is a gem, even when not bubbling like that… ;D

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      This article has literally exploded – so many views in the span of just a few hours.

  • Pillbugable

    I’m confused, is it Ludence or Ludens? I’m guessing they have the same pronunciation in Japanese, which lead to this confusion.

    • Yeah it’s unclear. Yesterday Kojima wrote Ludence and today he wrote Ludens.

      • Pillbugable

        I’m assuming it’s Ludens and he just corrected himself. Or somebody mistranslated a tweet(it happened before when he was at Konami)

        • His English tweets are still being written by the same person (his PA Ayako).

      • Alex

        I think he is addressing us as Ludens (those who play) while Ludence is the character name. Ludence is a name version of the word Ludens anyway so same kind of thing.
        I also think Ludence is metaphorical to the player and may feature facial customization again. The skull is probably the base model we all start off with before creating a face on top of it. But the skull looks to be projected on the helmet glass too for fear purposes (like modern day soldiers wearing skull masks).

    • Full Options

      Maybe a phonetic hint. He perhaps want to make sure we pronounce it the right way, as it sounds in latin.

    • alexis

      Personally hope it’s “Ludens”. Ludence sounds like someone trying to say Lawrence and messing up lol

    • BurntFM

      The first thing that comes to mind is Ludvig Forssell and his Japanese nickname Ludo lol.

      He’s like: “what?”

      http://www.metalgearinformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Ludvig-Forssell-Interview-Red-Bull.jpg

    • jaky61288

      on the kojima productions website it says “from sapiens to ludens”, so i guess it’s ludens. either way, i think it’s a terrible name for this character.

      • Yes but it could also be a play on the term ‘Ludens’, to differentiate the character name from that word. So it could go either way.

    • Alex

      I think he is addressing us as Ludens (those who play) while Ludence is the character name. But Ludence is a name version of the word Ludens anyway so same kind of thing.

  • Jav

    Poor Ludencio, he is an astronaut. I don’t like it.

  • Aleezy

    Woah. Very nice quality. An all black one will look really nice.

    “This is good…isn’t it?”

  • Plissken

    So, a space exploration game perhaps?

    • Perhaps, but this character isn’t necessarily related to the game. It’s just a representation of the studio’s design philosophy.

      • Full Options

        That’s what EVA is all about… The Philosopher’s Legacy… 😀

      • Plissken

        True, but you know ol’ Kojima can’t resist dropping hints. Whatever it is, it’ll be a few years before we’re playing it

    • Gatsu

      Omg yes please, space and scifi all the way!

    • Welp. Maybe we get to conquer the universe 😀

    • SKIBBY DOO

      The article’s right fucking there. Did you not read?

  • FalcoPelle

    Policenauts reboot a legend in the eyes of those who play on Beyond

    • Full Options

      That’s what makes him this game designer. He remember everything !

  • Gatsu

    That looks fucking awesome!

    • Full Options

      Stay polite, this is mother-fucking awesome. 😀

  • May 17, 2016 – The start of a new generation.
    “with the cutting-edge equipment, technology”

    Yes, baby. Do it. Bring us the best game ever.

    • Full Options

      He tried for some employers… Now he’ll try it just for him / us.

  • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

    So beautiful… Must. Not. Get. Overhyped.

    Too late – I’m crying.

  • Could…it be a cryptic message?

    A Phantom of former self?
    No, BOSS GET OUT OF THERE!

    • Full Options

      This last cryptic message was kind of meaningful for me !! :DD

  • Gatsu

    “An ‘extra-vehicular activity suit”
    That sounds cool, although I’m not sure what it exactly means ;).

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    • It’s what astronauts are wearing when they have to leave their vehicle.

      • Gatsu

        Okey thanks for clarifying it to me boss ;).

      • Gatsu

        Lol I feel dumb, it was sort of said in the last line haha xD. I got too hyped to read it all.

    • kalacoste

      AKA space suit. Correct me if I was wrong though.

  • KUNA

    let my new obsession begin, antihype pills please.

  • kalacoste

    The face behind those visor, remind me for MGS3 Zombie face paint.

  • Sulaiman AL-BaKr

    WOW!

  • Venom_Sina

    I think they will show a teaser or something in the upcoming E3.All these reveals near E3 means one thing.They are ready to talk about their game.

    • Full Options

      Thursday will provide us extra bell-rings in-between . Even if E3 shows nothing, this shot almost made my year !! ;D

    • Gatsu

      I think it’s too soon.

      • Venom_Sina

        Yeah.I think so too.But they started all these reveals just before the start of E3.I found it weird,so I thought maybe Kojima goes to E3 and talks about his next game.

        • Full Options

          Let’s check NG and maybe we’ll see.

      • Full Options

        Probably… But PS4 exclusive… Why such high pressure ?

    • Too soon. If we have a small chance in a teaser, it will be at this TGA 2016 or Playstation Experience in December.

      • Full Options

        In-between, I want some Koji-explanations about those tweets, at least in the next Tube Episode… 😀

    • GUN®

      I think too soon also, only a week or so ago Kojima was saying they still don’t have an engine locked down and are still hiring.

  • KUNA

    what engine is that? would like to know

    • MichaelPayneV

      Pretty sure is a Copy of the Fox Engine, with a different name!

  • Gatsu
  • Full Options

    And where the f.ck is Vux, again ?? Can we have some gif celebration here !!? 😀
    Please come and check this !!

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  • Gatsu
    • Mr.Pony

      Saw this, got exited for a clean slate for RE, but to be honest i dont know how they can pull a RE1 type of game in 2016, those tank controls would be unacceptable today. I wonder what and how they want to pull from this. Hoping for the best tough.

      • Gatsu

        Yeah I have no idea either. I just hope we don’t see explosions and roundhouse kicks in the trailer.

        The series need a good villain like in the old days, I miss Wesker, William or Nemesis :(…

        • Have you guys played Revelations 1 and 2? Those games were pretty subdued compared to for example RE5 and 6. Maybe it will go more in that direction. Resident Evil mainly needs a good story, now it’s often hard to take seriously which doesn’t really help with a horror game.

          • Gatsu

            I played the first one. I had some mixed feelings of it.

          • Alex

            Rev 2 had the better story, I think Rev 1 had the better horror. But both are in the better direction.

    • SomaHeir

      Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil are my childhood games 🙂

      • MONKEY.D LUFFY

        same 🙂

      • Gatsu

        Mine too 🙂 and Silent Hill. Ohhh I miss SH …

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      I think I am the one person on the planet who actually liked RE6 a lot…

      • Gatsu

        I liked some parts of it and was cool to see Chris and Leon together in a game. But it wasn’t scary and it’s what I’ve known RE for since childhood. Ok well 5 wasn’t either, but it had Wesker which is why it’s one of my favorite games :).

        • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

          I see why people don’t like it, my first RE was RE5 and 6 followed after, so I went in to it expecting an action adventure game.

  • kirtanloorii

    Not bad at all.

  • Glad to see Kojima breaking free from the usual MGS aesthetic and unleashing Shinkawa’s imagination at full force with bizarre (yet familiar design language) creatures, the best part of it that this time, kojima’s creation will actually belong to him, as sad as it was to see Metal Gear burn to the ground (in all senses) that IP always belonged to konami (legally =( )
    just this little image tells us that the Fox Engine has ben Hounded and we are about to witness something unchained by the MGS standard

    • Full Options

      Shinkawa was not alone enslaved and some are still captive.
      Maybe the Fox-Team is dead… But I am not too worried about the remaining talents… What a CV !??

      • they are in a konami-machine induced coma, forced to do metal gear online levels using only MGSV assets… a terrible fate, sad to see Konami’s top developer branch turned into another “343 Industries”
        Metal Gear HAS LOST EVERYTHING
        2006: main theme gone
        2007: Norihiko Hibino: Gone
        2008: Cinematic top view camera Gone
        2013 David Hayter Removed (He wasn’t allowed to appear as a cameo on MGR)
        2015: EVERYONE KOJIMA, SHINKAWA, KEN-ICHIRO, etc,etc
        2015: all that remains are low caliber controllable staff, forced to do HQ’s bidding

        • Full Options

          “Metal Gear HAS LOST EVERYTHING”
          “low caliber”… Konami fired a lot of incredible dudes but a lot are still there and far from being low calibers. Just ask Kojima if not sure…

  • MichaelPayneV

    …This is a freaking T-800 Terminator in a Space Suit, Kojima is making a Terminator Video Game!
    http://t-800.jp/web/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ab_ver_t2_032.jpg

  • MichaelPayneV

    It also reminds me a bit of the Gorilla Enemy type from MGR!
    http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/metalgear/images/d/d1/Rising17.png

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      They’re called fenrirs I think

  • Luis

    Was hoping for Samurai armor or maybe European armor with a cyber punk mix where it also shows his insides and skeleton of the torso but this is awesome too. 😀

    • MichaelPayneV

      Considering the Metal Skeleton, this might also be a suit in an Art Museum in the Game!

      • Luis

        That would be cool.

        When I look at it the first thing that comes to mind is a dead space like game. Survival horror in space with a futuristic deal or even a Gundam space action game.

        • MichaelPayneV

          To me it looks like it will be haven a SF Heroic “Interstellar” tone, exploring planets, and showing how much we people have evolved!

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Just did a little research about wormholes today
            They’re amazing 😀

        • MichaelPayneV

          think it will be action in the sense that it will have you at the edge of your seat when your characters will be in great danger, it doesn’t look horror to me!

  • EnTeiz

    Kojima = most overrated developer on the planet

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Fuck!
    I missed the celebration again!

  • SomaHeir

    I really hope both Kojima Productions and From Software would make Mecha Games. 🙂

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Yeahp

  • MONKEY.D LUFFY

    Mass Effect : Rise Of vikings 🙂

    http://i.imgur.com/bUaN1Gk.jpg

    • Gatsu

      Haha nice xD.

  • Hvit Rayzone Fox

    Its been to long brother

  • Full Options

    Interesting… The skull looks made of metal / robotic instead of bone material…

  • Danny Patten

    I commend you Kojima Productions. stay classy!

  • Robin030

    holy moly!

  • FoxTamerMGO

    My interpretation of Ludens’ body 😉

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      Oh God – her shin… Why is it so bent?

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Long time no see doctor 😛

      • FoxTamerMGO

        ;D yeah long time bro.. my lust for another hideo kojima game have brought me here ;P

        • Leguywhodrownedquiet

          Hehe

  • Full Options
    • Ah, so there will be a livestream. Thanks!

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      Great – I have something to look forward to after finishing my exam tomorrow.

      • Full Options

        And right before your Uncharted 4 playthrough, huh ? ;D

        • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

          I already beat the game – it was too good. On the day of release: I revised during the day, had a marathon night playthrough, slept, then over than span of about 4 days played for 2 hour stretches – thankfully I didn’t have college that week so I had a lot of time to split.

          • Full Options

            Mmm… you finally could not resist, hehe… 😀
            http://orig07.deviantart.net/5063/f/2015/349/0/5/ayjve34_by_jamesbreaker15-d9karg8.gif
            Good luck for your exam !

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            Thanks – I have a good feeling about it…

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Good luck man
            My exams are in July 😛

          • Full Options

            Sorry for playing moms disguised in Robert Patrick… 😀
            You are a very smart / cool dude, I am sure you’ll do fine. Keep your left eye open Snake !

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Is he part of the game or just mascot?

    • It’s 100% Kojima Productions mascot representing The Technology, cutting edge stuff, staff spirit to move our favorite hobby forward.
      Is it a game character? 50/50 on this one. Probably a character with a suit.
      We don’t have a lot of information about the game and the character. Stay tuned. Relax and Enjoy.

      • Leguywhodrownedquiet

        Why would they render such a character as just as mascot though?
        Still thank u

        • Why wouldn’t they? They’ve gotten a lot of attention already. It spreads the name of the company.

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Well
            Thanks for enlightening me

  • Tong Ninja

    Nappa : Vegeta, how many views are on this article?
    Vegeta: It’s OVER 19000!!
    Nappa: What! 19000! There’s no way that can be right!

    I see that some of the original MGI lurkers are back. 😉

    The thing that really stands out for me (other than the suit) from the image is the blue skull. Awesome art design from Yoji Shinkawa!

  • Alexandre Saccol

    >Ludence

  • Congratulations Boss with 20K views. You are the Best!

  • Gatsu
  • Danny Ocrela

    The yellow thingies are just like the ones on the stealth suit MGSV

  • Mr. Sir Shpee

    I just can’t wait to see what the deal with the game is. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume this character is connected to the game, but who knows.

  • FOXHOUND

    Policenauts

  • Steven Ortega

    Bad ass!!!

  • MichaelPayneV

    I’ve got a feeling Ludens is the Villain!

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Explain?

      • MichaelPayneV

        Well, he looks like a Leader, right, and Hideo said that Ludens doesn’t have weapons, firearms, and that he is exploring, looking for the best technology, and he also has a Skull Mask. That’s all i have for now!

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  • MONKEY.D LUFFY

    was this coincidence or intentional ? 🙂

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