Kojima Productions’ trip to Los Angeles, in photos

Now that E3 2016 is officially over, here is a whole bunch of pictures Kojima and his companions took during their trip to Los Angeles, where they unveiled the studio’s first game at Sony’s conference. The team also met with a lot of different people, and on June 16 they paid a visit to Blizzard Entertainment, the studio behind successful franchises such as Warcraft, Diablo and, more recently, Overwatch. Check out all the pictures below.

June 13

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"Cheers! Thank you very much for tonight."
“Cheers! Thank you very much for tonight.”

“When I visited Iceland few years ago I accidentally got to know LOW ROAR that was playing at the record store. I used one of their song “I’ll Keep Coming” in the album “0” for the trailer I just announced.”

"Hideo Kojima!today!" - Ayako
“Hideo Kojima!today!” – Ayako
"I listened to this song when I went to bed last night."
“I listened to this song when I went to bed last night.”
"Night before, I went to my dearest friend, Nicolas Winding Refn's THE NEON DEMON screening. It was the most beautiful, sublime & crazy movie. Amazing! Nicolas, only you can make such a film!"
“Night before, I went to my dearest friend, Nicolas Winding Refn’s THE NEON DEMON screening. It was the most beautiful, sublime & crazy movie. Amazing! Nicolas, only you can make such a film!”

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"NWR & HK at cafe after the screening of The Neon Demon. He showed him the Death Stranding trailer then!" - Ayako
“NWR & HK at cafe after the screening of The Neon Demon. He showed him the Death Stranding trailer then!” – Ayako

June 14

"I'm wearing Norman today."
“I’m wearing Norman today.”
"Hideo Kojima checking out Oculus." - Ayako
“Hideo Kojima checking out Oculus.” – Ayako

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"Mr.Yano on VR."
“Mr.Yano on VR.”

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"Catching up with old friends at #e32016" - Hermen Hulst
“Catching up with old friends at #e32016” – Hermen Hulst
"DEATH STRANDING's title & motion graphics were designed by Kyle Cooper and I've known him for 17 yrs. Also he hand made the T-shirt by himself that I wore at Geoff Keighley's YouTube channel. That's how nice he is."
“DEATH STRANDING’s title & motion graphics were designed by Kyle Cooper and I’ve known him for 17 yrs. Also he hand made the T-shirt by himself that I wore at Geoff Keighley’s YouTube channel. That’s how nice he is.”
"After game industry's parties, director Refn invited me to THE NEON DEMON afterparty at Hollywood forever cemetery."
“After game industry’s parties, director Refn invited me to THE NEON DEMON afterparty at Hollywood forever cemetery.”

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"THE NEON HIDEO DEMON"
“THE NEON HIDEO DEMON”

June 15

"Today's T-shirt."
“Today’s T-shirt.”
"Interview all day today."
“Interview all day today.”

Hideo-Kojima-Interview-E3-2016-2

"Hideo Kojima interview just got started." - Ayako
“Hideo Kojima interview just got started.” – Ayako
"Finished halfway....still lots more in the afternoon thou..."
“Finished halfway….still lots more in the afternoon thou…”
"They are asking for serious looking face of Hideo Kojima as a portfolio." - Ayako
“They are asking for serious looking face of Hideo Kojima as a portfolio.” – Ayako

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"Finished all the interviews (over 20 media outlets) today. The final one was Julien from Paris."
“Finished all the interviews (over 20 media outlets) today. The final one was Julien from Paris.”

Hideo-Kojima-Interview-E3-2016-Cards

"Listening this as I can't sleep.LOW ROAR's album "0". I'll Keep Coming is amazing song but also like EASY WAY OUT."
“Listening this as I can’t sleep.LOW ROAR’s album “0”. I’ll Keep Coming is amazing song but also like EASY WAY OUT.”

June 16

"Good morning. Tshirt of today."
“Good morning. Tshirt of today.”
"The short story "NAWA: The Rope" is included in AN IRRELEVANT DEATH THE CLIFF OF TIME." - Hideo Kojima
“The short story “NAWA: The Rope” is included in AN IRRELEVANT DEATH THE CLIFF OF TIME.” – Hideo Kojima

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“Visited BLIZZARD in Irvine, California. Photo with Jeff-san, the game director of OVERWATCH.” - Hideo Kojima
“Visited BLIZZARD in Irvine, California. Photo with Jeff-san, the game director of OVERWATCH.” – Hideo Kojima

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“With Kyle Cooper who designed Death Stranding title.”
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“Ryan of Low Roar. His “I’ll keep coming” used in Death Stranding trailer, came to meet me in LA. Got the rare vinyls.” – Hideo Kojima

"Ryan of Low Roar. His "I'll keep coming" used in Death Stranding trailer, came to meet me in LA. Got the rare vinyls." - Hideo Kojima

"Had a great night with Ryan of Low Roar." - Ayako
“Had a great night with Ryan of Low Roar.” – Ayako

June 17

"Good morning. Today's T."
“Good morning. Today’s T.”
Hideo-Kojima-drinking-a-smoothie
“Hideo Kojima ordered “Immunity” this morning.” – Ayako
"My travel goodies."
“My travel goodies.”

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“With Avi-san. It’s been 10 months since I saw him last time.”
"Hideo Kojima visited Avi Arad at his office today. It was a good catch up!" - Ayako
“Hideo Kojima visited Avi Arad at his office today. It was a good catch up!” – Ayako
"Another meeting."
“Another meeting.”

Los-Angeles-June-2016

"Good bye LA."
“Good bye LA.”

The Kojima Productions Twitter shared these closing words:

“E3 is over this year. It’s clear why Hideo Kojima loves so much this event. It made sure we don’t forget how awesome videogames are. E3 proves games can bring people together. Every year Homo Ludens from all over the world get together beyond nationality, gender, age, etc. Having announced Death Stranding here, and receiving such wonderful reactions from so many people is rewarding and motivating beyond words.”

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter, Ayako Twitter, Kojima Productions Twitter, Kojima Productions Twitter (JP)Hermen Hulst Twitter

  • He visited Blizzard entertainment. That is so great.

    I recommend to everyone to try out Overwatch who likes shooters, team-based games. It’s fantastic.

    • Danny Patten

      I don’t enjoy it myself but I enjoy watching it when a streamer is like really into it.
      Like for example Ducksauce.

    • I’m 39 hours in haha

  • Danny Patten

    So, looking at those pictures and others a thought crossed my mind.
    For his age he’s a stud, isn’t he?
    Like he dresses very well, good posture and by the looks of it pretty healthy…

    • Full Options

      The KojiMachine ! 😀

    • Must be the smoothies.

    • Plissken

      Nanaomachines or parasites

  • Full Options

    Cool pics, thanks, I missed many of them. ;D

  • Tong Ninja

    Woah the lady in the background holding the phone is Cecile Caminades!
    She used to work for Konami Paris as PR/Communications manager until she left in 2011. Cecile’s looks and name were used for the character Cecile in Peacewalker as well haha.

    Maybe she is working for Kojima Productions now as communications manager or they could be just good friends hanging out at a party haha.

  • [MSF]Vinicius

    Look guys, Kojima are copying me xD

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      Me too (kinda).

      • Full Options

        Ok, mine is a little off-topic but still this one since some post on some website… 😀
        Definitely considering a DS one… ;D

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Nice!!!!!!
    BUT I WANT MY RAMEN PICS KOJIMA!!!!!!!!!

  • Crazyboi_06

    FOREVER HIDEO!!!!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Ken1555/status/744256955154194432

    Spiderman won ‘biggest surprise’, but actually it should’ve been Death Stranding as well. There were lots of rumors about Spiderman, but no one knew about Death Stranding, or even that Kojima was going to be there.

    • Yeah, I agree about that. But it’s more like they are trying to honor Spider-Man somehow.
      Death Stranding is indeed a huge surprise. Honestly I thought that Kojima will announce the game this year at Sony’s Playstation experience but never thought it will be at this E3. Too soon but here it is, the best Trailer from E3 just in 2.5 months.

    • Full Options

      The public went really surprised at seeing Norman… Boss did a great job, not easy to avoid leaks with such gigantic news !

  • PrinceHeir

    Great stuff 😀

    Also there’s a small interview with Kojima. About how his reaction with RE7 and his family wanting him to retire to do the things he wants(which is making games XD)

    I hope he won’t retire soon. I know he didn’t directed Zone of the Enders, but i do want him to make a mech game in the near future. Would love to see more Shinkawa designs 🙂

    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/kojima-on-resident-evil-7-death-stranding-and-norm/1100-6440986/

    https://s32.postimg.org/glazp2w8l/jehuty_wallpaper_5_by_zandatzu_d75ibr2.jpg

    • Kojima doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who will retire anytime soon… if ever. 😛

  • ADAMJENSEN13

    Off topic,

    I just remembered something really funny. In MGS1 in those loading screens were story is described, there is written not Snake but Sanek.
    For real! Write in google Mgs1 psx Sanek, choose google graphic and there will one scren of that. Its really funny. I think this appeared twice in the game.
    Some of You saw that already? Probably yes.
    Who is Solid Sanek? One of clones we never heard? Hahaha! 🙂

    • Solid Sonic

      • Lex Radu

        My name is Solid Sonic, and i’m the fastest Snake alive. To the outside world i’m a Soldier, but secretly, with the help off my friends i fight crime and destroy Metal Gears, i killed my brother, but by doing so i started the Fox Die. In order to save this world i had to become someone else, i had to become, something, else…i became Old Snake!

        • Leguywhodrownedquiet

          “Fastest snake alive”
          That’s why you can’t get a date 😛

          • Lex Radu

            LIQUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID!!!

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            That made me fucking choke big time lmao
            Hahahha

          • Lex Radu

            Pun intended you too?

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            : D

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            I actually took that from the Bruce Timm JL animated series for kids.
            Lol
            “Where’s the joker?”
            “Doing haha with Harley Quinn”

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Let’s not forget what does one say when he or she chokes
            Huehueheuuehhue

        • The youth I lost….you feel it too, don’t you.

        • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

          Previously on Metal Gear…

          • Lex Radu

            Previously on Metal Gear Solid and Rising…

      • ADAMJENSEN13

        Haha! I didnt recognize it at first. Reading it with accent it really sounds like Solid Sonic. Hahaha! Funny!

  • Random bull*** speculation. Nothing special, just my personal thoughts about all of this. So, Hideo so far meets with Nicolas Winding Refn a lot. He goes to the Neon Demon parties and stuff. So, Death Stranding should have female characters in the end. Not sure what they will be in the end. Handmade characters or real actors with VASG technology. Who knows, really.

    But, female cast in The Neon Demon movie I really like. There are some interesting female actors:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/20/98605564_the_neon_demon-large_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg

    http://soundvenue.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/CbZYo-EUkAAUKpx-759×397.jpg

    I have no info or anything, but maybe something will come out of it in the end?

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      A Refn Collab would be great

    • Lex Radu

      I got a feeling Stefanie will be back, and i’m pretty sure she was also Lisa in PT!

      • Leguywhodrownedquiet

        How did you get that feeling that she was Lisa tho?

        • Lex Radu

          The way she sounded when she sucked your dick after the jump scare…just kidding, the voice, sounded like the hum of quiet!

          PS: For real tho, if you listen in PT, when Lisa Catches you, when you are down, you can hear a zipper, and how Lisa Starts sucking you!

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Yeah
            Kinda like VHS or whatever that creepy movie’s name was
            Kojima watched it

          • Lex Radu

            Yeah, it reminded me a lot of that first clip, similar sound, and i’m pretty sure this is what Kojima was going for with Silent Hills…HILLS, as in multiple stories like VHS!

      • Yeah, but she was shouting there only. So nothing much really. Kojima likes to work with multiple actors, so we can expect new people.

    • Full Options
  • Jav

    😛

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Wtf

    • Lex Radu

      :)))))))))))))))))))))

    • Wow. 😛

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Off Topic:The engine options for the game have been narrowed down to two
    And one of the options was used for the trailer. So yeah it’s not CGI
    What are your thoughts on this?

    • Full Options

      Kojima was among the first ones to use real-time cut-scenes, which was a real challenge at the beginning since the scenes needed to be drastically optimized to sustain the requested frame rate on very weak HW. Nowadays, it really make sense to not bother with pre-rendering anymore for games. You still loose a lot of shading quality and CGI itself improves daily too, but on the other hand, the in-game and cut-scenes meshes become the same which allow a more accurate control over the global frame budget. Sharing the same shading /lighting effects saves also a lot of time and it feels great to shape a scene while knowing it is yet suitable for real-time.

      For instance we clearly see no water capillarity around the dead dolphin in the center-right on the final shot for now. The foam’s shading could also be improved, but all this is in-progress efforts and achieving all the meshes, animations, percap in only 2.5 months is incredible !

      I feel embarrassed for Hideo each times he precise he “has” to give something fast. I want to tell him RELAX, take your time, you have our trust forever dude !

      Regarding the engine, all of them from Unity to Fox, Phyre, Cry or Unreal are capable of achieving such rendering quality and if not sharing the exact same new features, it is always just a matter of the next dev conference for them to add/implement them.

      The key always remains then truly in the gameplay programming / testing. Many game designers can isolate really cool ones but Hideo’s touch is pretty unique. He has a very specific standard that for example made TPP so comfortable. Engines provide various default gameplay / control templates and through their latest iterations, they are now very well fine-tuned but good devs will always refine them through extensive testing. The philosophy of an engine is to avoid as much as possible hand-crafting to developers but in real life, they always end up refining everything, or at least a lot of things manually.

      • Leguywhodrownedquiet

        Yeah
        It’s a shame people think it is CGI and that it’s gonna get downgraded

        • Full Options

          xD people really think that !? Rofl…
          If Hideo allowed himself to use CGI he would have used zillions more polys. Real time mesh modeling is a very artistic discipline, if they think it is CGI, they missed the whole point of this trailer. This is also why Boss is precising it is real-time. Imagine if he did not, hehe… ;D

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Off Topic:Junkie Xl’s music rocks
            Also Watch dogs fucked up gaming big time
            Thank u ubisoft 😀
            The quantum themes for the game looks great

  • Full Options

    A lot of people mention references to Terminator, Norman’s first shot resemble more to Kyle’s arrival instead of the T-800’s. xD

    There are also severe winks / reference to Matrix too :

    http://17au6t1m9fww7tz2h3hbljfs.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/matrix-baby.jpg

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Artificial wombs definitely reminded me of the matrix 🙂

  • Gatsu

    Great shots of the trip Nyx :), thanks! Pretty many I hadn’t seen.

  • “When I visited Iceland few years ago I accidentally got to know LOW ROAR that was playing at the record store. I used one of their song “I’ll Keep Coming” in the album “0” for the trailer I just announced.”

    For those who don’t remember, Kojima was in Iceland in 2014, for ‘location scout’: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=15521

    Some people are saying the beach we see in DS is based on a beach on Iceland, and there are definitely similarities:

    http://www.elliothook.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/iceland-vik-beach-mono.jpg

    http://www.metalgearinformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Death-Stranding-12.jpg

    • Mr.Pony

      This was very much what i pictured Kojima basing the scene on, some nordic Fjord or some new vulcanic island since some of the whales seem burned and there is a bit of lava/fire around

      • Yeah, the black sand is also a result of volcanic activity.

        • Mr.Pony

          Yeah, also wondered if a natural disaster could be a main topic or a setting for all the “Death Stranding” thing seeing how the “blood” in Reedus hands looks like oil and all the animals could have gone ashore because of some oil spill.

    • Full Options

      Good question… Did he mentioned a specific spot in Iceland ?

      Edit : Sorry stupid question, your article mentions Garður in Iceland..

      Here is a shot of Dritvik that matches pretty well too ..

      https://farm1.staticflickr.com/566/20488852196_1b0f2b12b4_o.jpg

      http://cdn-r1.unilad.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/death-1.jpg

      😀 And this is Iceland too, btw :

      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/06/04/article-2648431-1E74C3C500000578-151_964x478.jpg

      • He didn’t mention a specific place: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=15521

        But some interesting quotes from Kojima from back then:

        “Seems like we are in different planet.”

        “Is that an infant island?”

        “Genesis.”

        These comments seem to be pretty close to the atmosphere in the Death Stranding trailer.

        • Full Options

          I bet you spotted the secret location. ;D

          • Mr.Pony

            Body snatchers confirmed!

          • Full Options

            Eliminate ! 😀

    • Venom_Sina

      literally anyone else..?!
      All those guys were terrible fathers,to be honest 😛

      • Yeah and Solidus would be worst foster father. “By the way, Jack, I’m the one who killed your parents.” He brings it as a small sidenote to the conversation.

        • Venom_Sina

          Yeah.But when I think about it,Raiden wasn’t that terrible.He didn’t know about his child.

      • Well, Raiden didn’t seem too bad. He just didn’t know it was his kid.

        • Venom_Sina

          Yeah,we posted the same thing at the same time,lol.

          • Yeah, Big Boss was pretty bad too. His one son hated his guts and wanted to ‘destroy him’, and he tried to kill the other one himself. Even though he didn’t really see them as sons to begin with.

          • Venom_Sina

            Exactly.BigBoss wasn’t interested in genetic babies.When I think of it,Col.Campbell wasn’t that great,too.He lied to everyone,even her daughter to protect Rose and the kid.But he can dodge the punishment,cause he was on duty,lol.
            For Mother of the Year,we have better candidates.Like EVA or Olga.They really want to protect their children and they love’em so much.

          • Yeah, Olga sacrificed everything to save her child. The mothers in Metal Gear are generally doing a lot better than the fathers.

    • Full Options

      My vote can only go to Norman … xD

      http://www.metalgearinformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Death-Stranding-Thumbnail.jpg

      Edit : But voted Big Boss

      • Venom_Sina

        Outside of MG universe,yeah.Also Kratos seems to be a good father.
        Did you get the “my boy” Norman says during a close shot?I saw something,it can be my imagination,too 😛

        • Full Options

          In some aspects and at least for me, it is Norman now who is in the real 4th wall breaking MG universe … ;D

          Edit: By some kind of Quantum Physics KojiMagic Phenomenon..

          • Mr.Pony

            Norman jumps into a portal a takes Raiden place. Boom Norman as a new Raiden

          • Full Options

            Wow Norman as Raiden would be awesome… But you know after this little “tears” cup of coffee, I believe this will take a little more time finally … 😀

          • Mr.Pony

            Oh for sure, Norman will never work with Konami thanks to that, but then again its not like he needs Konami

          • Full Options

            Yep, unless he has a curious way to show them some gratitude. xD Perhaps Konami is giving lashes to Snake in it cell, each time we say something special about them. 🙁

          • Mr.Pony

            There is always Hayter. Also Norman as Solid Snake would be sooo good.

          • Full Options

            Hayter is one thing, but more important is if they’ll update correctly the FoxEngine with new great ideas instead of bullsh.ting like that for more than a year now..

          • Mr.Pony

            I have zero hope that the Fox Engine will be put to good use other than PES. By the time they decide to make a buck out of the engine it will be to late and too outdated.

          • Full Options

            You are right, better not expect anything new.

        • Geralt is a great father from Witcher series and when I say that he is great, he is fucking awesome because the story was around her and he tried to save her.

          https://thegameevolution.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/the_witcher_3_wild_hunt_wallpapers__42__by_sultan_alqasmi-d7w8kop.jpg

          • Mr.Pony

            Vesemir is good father too, and a patient grandfather

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