Kojima and Yano talk about E3 2016 in HideoTube Episode 4

Kojima Productions released the latest (and fourth) episode of their web series HideoTube, in which Hideo Kojima and Kenji Yano look back at E3 2016, where Death Stranding was revealed during the PlayStation conference.

This episode was recorded in the cafetaria of Sony Interactive Entertainment in Japan.

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It starts off with Kojima and Yano trying out some of the meals served here.

“It’s got that ‘PlayStation’-feel.”
“It’s got that ‘PlayStation’-feel.”
Since Yano’s dish was prepared an hour ago, the noodles could now best be described as ‘Death Stranding’, according to Kojima.
Since Yano’s dish was prepared an hour ago, the noodles could now best be described as ‘Death Stranding’, according to Kojima.

After their lunch, the two talked about Death Stranding’s unveiling at last month’s E3 show, and the months leading up to this.

“It’s an intentional choice to make them look like human ribs.”
“It’s an intentional choice to make them look like human ribs.”

Also, one of the crab carcasses is meant to look like a human face, another one like an open hand, tying into Blake’s poem. At first they created the crabs by hand, but it ended up looking too fake, so they eventually captured a real crab. The same goes for the sand and the sky, but for the dolphins and the whales they obviously couldn’t.


“This time I wanted to show off a crying, naked Norman. Of course towards the end you get to see the suave, cool looking Norman people are used to, but here I wanted to give people a glimpse of a less known, more expressive Norman.”

“We also photo captured the fish.”
“We also photo captured the fish.”

Kojima also explained in detail how he came across the song he used for this trailer (“I’ll Keep Coming” from the Icelandic band LOW ROAR) when he was visiting a record shop in Iceland a few years ago.

After that they talked about the reveal at E3. Only 5 people at Sony knew about this, to avoid leaks. The studio went to some lengths to keep everything under wraps.

“So every single year, there are leaks before E3. No matter how careful we are, in this era, something always makes its way to internet. Up until this year at least half of our stuff had been leaked… […] And this time around it was supposed to be a surprise, so we didn’t let more than 5 people at Sony know about it. We kept it extremely secret. And as a surprise, we absolutely didn’t want this to be leaked. So we were scared about that, but it turned out fine.”


“As E3 was getting close, many other titles were getting leaked, and we were thinking, how many could be left. We were nervous, could barely sleep. I couldn’t even tweet that I was going to E3. Every time I go, I tweet from the airport and stuff like that, but this time; none of that. I never lied though, I just didn’t tweet about it myself. If people figured out I was in LA they might have made the connection, so I tried to keep a low profile. For the hotel, I didn’t stay downtown, but at a hotel that was a bit farther off.”

People still spotted him in restaurants, but luckily they helped in keeping his presence a secret. It was only until Kojima’s visit to the screening of Neon Demon, and his appearance on Geoff Keighley’s E3 show, that people knew Hideo was there. Kojima explained that initially he wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to appear on this show, but he went anyway, wearing the ‘DS’ shirt. “Yes, if I’m going to be there, I want to do something mysterious,” Kojima explained.

During the Sony press conference itself, while Kojima was waiting backstage, Yano was in the audience where he shot some footage. He was surprised by the size of the theatre, which can hold between 3 and 4 thousand people. When Kojima appeared on stage, people in the audience were cheering and chanting his name.


Kojima also explained how it happened that he outran the ‘walkway of light’. “In the back of the stage, behind the curtains were rolled down, they had built this vertical walkway that I was guided up. This walkway was pretty slippery but thankfully my shoes have good grip so that helped me out there. So I was guided up there in the dark, and there’s a mark on the floor telling me where to stand and wait. At the second rehearsal, all of a sudden the mark is gone.”

“It was actually pretty dangerous cause the platform I was standing on wasn’t wide at all, and behind it was just a drop all the way down. […] So I’m standing there waiting, it was pretty scary, the thing rocked quite a bit too. […] So the curtains are rolled up and for the main show you had those lights lighting up the way down right? For the rehearsal we used the Mad Max soundtrack CD and the lights’ timing were matched to that. However, for the main show we had a live orchestra playing and the tempo was slightly different.”

“So the tempo’s somewhat different but you can’t stop so I figured I’d just keep going. And so the legend was born; “Hideo Kojima – The Man Faster Than Light”.”

Kojima waiting backstage at E3

After that, Kojima showed some reaction videos from the internet of people losing their mind over the announcement.

Kojima: “How was it being there in the audience?”
Yano: “Well first off, the moment Norman came on, the reaction was incredible. From there on it was just soo loud the whole way through! It was hard to know what was even going on!”
Kojima: “At the beginning of the show, watching from backstage, when God of War came on, the reaction was so immense, the whole building was shaking. It was really impressive so I was looking over at the Sony Worldwide Studio-people, and we were giving each other thumbs up like, ‘today’s going to be good!’.”

Yano also recorded some footage, which you can see around the 39:00 mark. Everyone who watched the conference remembers Kojima’s words ‘I’m back’, and Kojima said he really felt like he was welcomed back during E3.

In preparation of the episode, the studio asked listeners to send in their own related artwork and parodies, some of which were shown during the episode.

Since Death Stranding’s reveal at E3, Kojima Productions has had a lot of applications, probably because people now had a clearer idea about what kind of projects they would be working on. However, the studio is still looking for new talent. “We’ll be starting full production of our game from now on so it’s a tough road that lies ahead. Of course, all news that we can give you guys, we are happy to share as we go.”

The next episode will focus on Kojima’s and Yano’s top ten movies of the first half of 2016, but everyone can participate by sending in their personal top 10 list. Episode 5 is expected to be released next month.


Source: HideoTube

  • Full Options

    Poor Boss LOL.. He was afraid to fall on this light ramp… Thanks to this episode, we can really understand the pressure he had… Imagine he slid on it … After all, yeah, it was rather inclined and was not stable btw..

    Loved the in-depth report on percap !

    PlayStation PORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DD

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet

    Kenji looks so calm unlike

  • 3rd episode was still my favorite. It was more elegant, short and had a lot of interesting new stuff about games.
    This one I liked too, but the third episode was just great.

    This time around Kojima did so much jokes and I laughed my ass off. Especially when he and Mr. HueHueHue ate noodles, ramen and “And so the legend was born; “Hideo Kojima – The Man Faster Than Light””” – was great too.

    What’s interesting is that DS trailer still has some secrets in it. For example I never knew that one of the crabs looked like a human face and it does look like that. Indeed. I mean, the trailer still has some secrets in it.

    But the euphoric Logo sound was really cool. Each time they give it new sound effect and this time it’s so good.

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    • Yeah. He won the best menu award so far. 😀

      What if Kojima will show us a trailer at the award show? Just as a surprise? (Wishful thinking, I know.)

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        Are you guys following this live somewhere ?? I am just like a lost D-Dog here ! 😀

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        I’ll order PlayStation Curry at PlayStation Pork !

      • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

        Maybe… That footage he was checking really raises my suspicions, he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would change his plans at the last minute. Dunno what it could be. I won’t hold my breath for it though – probably won’t be anything, but still.

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          Don’t u think it was just Tube 4 ?

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            Yeah I do. I’m just projecting my nonsense wish. I’m 100% sure that it’s just HideoTube. I just like wearing my tinfoil hat…

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            Love such non-senses, let’s hope we’ll have some big peanuts here or later !!!! xD

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    As real aficionados, we did not have much today (we check every single centimeter xD), but still rather dense angles of all kind…
    Interviews like with Sky News to follow for beloved Boss..
    Dear Nyx, any live stuff there ? I am searching, but dunno from where to start.. (THX)

    • Sorry for the late reply. There was no live stream of the award show but according to Ayako a recap will be posted on Youtube.

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        Please Boss, never feel sorry about anything. Take your time buddy, you are always investing so much of your time for us.
        So grateful for that, thanks again.
        They also said they’ll release the sky news interview this week end.

        PS:pretty fortunate that none of my family, friends and myself were down town for the fireworks (live in Nice)

        • Leguywhodrownedquiet

          You live in Nice?
          The police should have shot the tires and beat the dude up for interrogation but they shot him(Conspiracy theories are stupid)
          Could’ve had psychological problems but well….
          Let’s discuss stuff more positive since this stuff happens everyday

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        Hi Nyxus, just wanted to make sure you watched the cool interview (Iposted it somewhere but here it is again just in case) :

        • Thanks!

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    In the mean time Ken’s update for this morning :


    • Danny Patten

      THANK YOU! I haven’t seen this yet. (Damn work, y u do dis)

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        My pleasure, am just watching Ken’s account, do you know if there is some stream about the accolade ceremony happening right now ??

        • Danny Patten

          No, sorry. I’m about to head to bed as well. Have a 12 shift behind me and fuck me my boss was salty today…extra pressure sucks ass when you have to stay so long.

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            Salty Bosses, I for sure understand this pretty well Dude.. ;D
            Sweet dreams buddy !!

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      I am so happy to see that at some point, there is a comfortable limit where Kojima speaks about Metal Gear freely. Like he feels he can say anything he wants about his baby, no matter anything. Like how deep was engraved his name in MGSV’s program, even if the name could not make its way on those foolish plastic box-arts…

  • Danny Patten

    “Naked. On the beach. Better subscribe.”
    I love them… 😀

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    Thanks Ayako-chan <333, at least we'll have this :


  • I was cobalt able to watch / read this show haha. I could watch these dudes all day!

  • PrinceHeir

    Thanks for the summary!!! Really appreciate it instead of watching all the video(don’t have much time)

    Surprised How Kojima almost slipped in that entrance. Glad he was able to balance himself and made a legendary entrance!

    Good stuff!!

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