Kojima talks about the frontier spirit of game development

It’s been almost a year since Kojima founded his new company, the now independent Kojima Productions. This past week, Kojima has shared some personal thoughts where he compares to sometimes lonely and difficult road of game development to space travel. This is also something that is reflected in the studio’s mascot, Ludens, a character with ‘cutting-edge equipment’ and a ‘frontier spirit’.

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“In 1969 humanity had sent man to the moon. What drove manned lunar exploration possible that everyone dreamed of? Is it the talented astronauts from all over the world? Or technology? The money? The reckless adventurers? Or the Cold War? Yes. But the most important thing was the solid belief to believe in we are the ones to bring humanity to the moon. So’s game creation.”

Kojima has said before that to him creation is about making the impossible possible, and during his 2009 GDC keynote he said: “90 percent of what is considered impossible is in fact possible. The other 10 percent will become possible with the passage of time and technology. So in other words, if you look in the future, think nothing is impossible.” This new quote seems to reflect the same kind of mindset.

When Kojima abandoned his studies in order to pursue game development, his friends and family begged him to reconsider, believing he was making a big mistake. But Kojima was able to see the potential of the medium, and followed his dreams.

“In early 60’s, people may think you’re crazy if you tell your family that you are devoting your life to send the man to the moon. The era that moon travel was just another absurd story, no one understood its necessity. There’s big gap in between. To prove your justice you must succeed. Same as long lonely game creation.”

Kojima will attend the Game Awards next week to accept the Industry Icon Award. His new game Death Stranding is rumored to make an appearance at the PlayStation Experience later that week.

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Update December 10: At the PlayStation Experience 2016 it was revealed Kojima will be working together with Guerrilla Games, using their Decima engine for his new game. He continued the space travel allegory:

“The space development competition has been stagnated after the Cold War. Due to the steep rise in price of space development cost, the investment for the earth has been strengthened and they gave up on the space shuttle program. Meanwhile I who wants to proceed myself to the moon, met the guerrilla whose plan was to go to the mars. We decided to make the rocket by reforming their engine. And by doing so it enables us to go to the mars but even to the jupiter.”

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter, 2, 3

  • moto hellogoto

    I’d love to see actual gameplay from PS experience. But maybe that’s being too hopeful?

    • Probably a bit too early for that, but you never know.

      • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

        Come on ,it’s a 2018 game
        Can people stop being pessimistic?

        • It’s more about being realistic than pessimistic. Just so people aren’t too disappointed. Doesn’t mean it’s impossible we’ll see gameplay though, just unlikely.

          • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

            Whoops sorry I was pissed when I wrote that salty comment

        • NegaScott128

          That E3 trailer was the entirety of what was developed at that point, and it only came out 4 months ago. There’s no way they’d have a presentable, polished gameplay demo with such a small amount of time.

          • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

            What are you even talking about , mate?
            Who the hell asked for a demo?
            Nyx was being pessimistic IMO and you’re being …
            Well idk what you are

    • Too early for that, but I’m sure that he can show us a glimpse of an engine and how the game will look in the end. Kojima mostly will hype actors and story.
      Next E3 or Gamescom/TGS we will see gameplay for sure.

    • Tom Brearley-Smith

      I wouldn’t expect anything, gameplay-wise, until GDC 2017 or E3 2017.

  • Here’s to a big hoping that there’s a new trailer with a bit more context to the story of Death Stranding. Although I get chills watching the reveal trailer still, I’d rather not speculate every aspect and get something I can sleep on since it’ll be a while till it’s here 🙁

    • Machine Gun Kid

      2018 if we’re lucky right?

      • Aleezy

        Ugh… don’t remind me.

        • Machine Gun Kid

          It’s still better than a five year wait

          • Aleezy

            Ugh… I guess.

  • Machine Gun Kid

    Cool article. I can dig it

  • Punished Fox

    Now call Matthew McConaughey.

    • Machine Gun Kid

      Why?

      • Tom Brearley-Smith

        Because in the movie ‘Interstellar’, his character (Joseph Cooper) went out on a space mission to save humanity.

        • Machine Gun Kid

          Who hasn’t done that before? I’ve done that twice today already. Your welcome

    • Machine Gun Kid

      Not a fan

  • Batzi

    Are you guys ready for TGA and PSX? We are getting a new Death Stranding trailer and the game engine will be finally revealed! 😀

    • Machine Gun Kid

      If this is true then yes I’m ready. Been ready

      • Batzi

        It is true!!!

        • BurntFM

          can you source it?

          • Batzi

            NeoGAF

          • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

            Links or it didn’t happen?
            Still a better source than 4chan

          • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

            I follow shinobi on twitter
            He looks to be a nice guy
            But his rumors are hit or miss
            Most of the times they turn out to be wrong and sometimes extremely accurate

          • Yeah, that’s why this wasn’t posted here as a news article.

          • Full Options

            Yummy… I am heavily wondering which one…
            Part of me would like it rather native, to let them build something truly Koji-Pro out of it but it would take too much time. Another part of me want them to be for sure operational asap, which can only be quickly achieved from tweaking modern / mature engine’s default templates.

            For example, if they were using PhyreEngine, they would have a lot more to write down (although there is a lot yet in the box and full Sony tech support as it is part of the PS SDK), however the code would be theirs so they could name the engine the way they want, it would become their true property.
            Using Frostbite, CryEngine, Unity or Unreal could possibly make Koji-Pro more depending on the respective engine’s dev team for the core component aspects, with in some cases the obligation to give them a cut on the potential profit made by the game..

            I am sure that all will be just fine thanks to Sony’s umbrella, after all Koji-Pro is almost like a first party studio even if legally a third one. I truly can’t wait to see more details ! 😀

          • Batzi

            I think it’s going to be the CryEngine

          • Full Options

            Really ? I thought he might choose one closer to SIE… If not, maybe EA DICE’s Frostbite 3, seeing how enthusiast he looked visiting them… Unreal is also a very effective one despite some thought more based on the titles issued with it rather than pure tech criteria’s..
            What a suspense anyways !

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            I would be happy if he goes with Unreal, nowadays it seems like an overrated engine because devs rarely take full advantages of its capabilities so the competition typically looks better, but Unreal can make phenomenal looking games. Hellblade has some very nice looking graphics, especially considering the entire game is being made by 16 people.

            https://j.gifs.com/qjDKrG.gif

            https://j.gifs.com/oY7Ggj.gif

            https://j.gifs.com/76Ogkr.gif

            https://j.gifs.com/O7qN2L.gif

            https://j.gifs.com/xG8vJJ.gif

          • Full Options

            Well said. Unreal is an awesome beast when you check criteria’s such as quality of the code, its modularity, ease of deployment, editor’s UI friendliness, etc…
            What’s cool is that most engines can easily achieve exceptional rendering / shading / lighting quality nowadays. Since you always only target 2 or 3 brands of GPU’s, shaders quickly share latest approaches because it is very easy to port them. They hold only pure maths / linear algebra over data, so no others for example more system-level routines problems and stuff like that..
            That’s why when one engine discover a cool technique, concurrent engines implement it as well in no time without the need for further adaptation effort to their engine libraries.

    • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

      🙁

  • Xilurm

    I wish goverments would fund more space exploration rather than the crap they are doing right now. Our future is out there.

    • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

      Elon Musk for president,anyone?
      ELON MUSK FOR WORLD EMPEROR!!!
      I’m serious
      We need to fund more space exploration
      I wish the Cold War didn’t have so many proxy wars
      If the soviet invasion of Afghanistan didn’t happen then there wouldn’t be all those terrorist groups you see today(Funded by Murica)
      I wish the Cold War was more about space exploration instead of capitalism vs communism or such bullshit
      I wish humanity cared more about science over superstitions(If I go into details I’m banned)
      My comment is so getting deleted by mods
      But I don’t care
      Gonna screenshot it just in case it gets deleted

      • Jonny Tanna

        Well said and commenting to mark this comment

        • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

          Well my comment is pretty euhm…Silly I would say but most of my points I make IMO really apply to this year.Let’s have a look at what society has become.Crime is not as bad as the 80s but society has really downgraded

      • Machine Gun Kid

        Two words, “SPAAAAACE CAAAAASH”

      • Machine Gun Kid

        Nothing has been more destructive to humanity than communism

        • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

          Nothing has been more destructive to humanity than the CIA ,the bankers , the elites and their puppets like that corrupt warlord Hitlerry Clinton

          • Machine Gun Kid

            All of which have been promoting globalism/communism. They just don’t come out and say it. Globalism/communism=Abject poverty

    • Or they could stop being corrupt and greedy and help poor and weak people but that’s probably asking for too much.

      Space exploration does have its good sides, but many times it’s simply unnecessary and a huge waste of money.

      • Xilurm

        Well tbh, the advancement of technology that would push space exploration would also greatly help humanity. I mean, look at the cold war. Space Race. It greatly pushed technology forward.

      • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

        Do you even know how poverty is created?

        • Machine Gun Kid

          That’s an easy one. It’s called globalism/world government. I don’t claim to be an expert on any of this but there are experts that explain it. Go to YouTube and watch end game. And no I’m not saying believe everything you see on YouTube lol. It’s a very good video that explains it however.

      • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

        The Nordic countries are not corrupt at all
        Stop generalizing man

        • The world is corrupt. There’s no such thing as justice and equality.
          War. War. War.

          I’m not saying every government is corrupt. But too many are.

          Either way, no point in arguing about politics and such on the internet, especially here. Won’t keep commenting on this topic anymore.

    • Aleezy

      And better health care

    • Machine Gun Kid

      They are. They have been. They’ve just been keeping it to themselves

  • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy
    • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

      I’m guessing apparently no one finds this interesting

    • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

      Ohh, get hype boi…

      • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy
        • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

          = dank

          • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

            Even more dank to my fart remix of seven nation army :3
            And that fart remix only belongs to me because I farted into dat mic
            Unfortunately EA used it for their BF1 trailer and I wasn’t credited :3

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            Goddamn those unskippable Battlefield 1 ads on every other gaming related YouTube video. Whenever I hear that song play I want to turn off the video.

          • Full Options

            Youtube ads are the plague of the century…

          • Full Options

            Make sense, thx, dank farts = BF 1 = Battle Farts 1 if I got you right.

      • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

        GUYS ,FALSE ALARM!!!!!!
        He just said that they could see the first teaser’s construction on their site and that the teaser is on their channel which is why he linked it

    • Batzi

      Why the fuck is he linking us to KP’s Youtube channel that has nothing new?

      • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

        How is this related to my comment?
        Idk
        But Kojima loves to fuck with us
        He sure isn’t the happy life-loving guy we thought he was
        He is the…
        TROLL MUTHAFUCKING GOD

        • Batzi

          He tweeted “Here’s a Death Stranding teaser” and linked us to Kojima Productions’ channel which hasn’t uploaded a video for months!

          In another weird tweet he is reminding us that he’s working on Death Stranding and Norman will be the lead character. This is weird.

      • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

        I was thinking this as well. I guess he really wants to reach 1mil subs?

  • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy
  • Full Options

    Mmm… Confirmation that he’ll arrive on Dec. 1st in LA, otherwise he would have shot Wednesday too on the calendar..

    https://twitter.com/Kojima_Hideo/status/803464628839727105

    • Also looks like he’s staying long enough for the PSX.

      • Full Options

        Maybe he’ll even stay longer as he mentioned a business trip..
        I was probably wrong then. A bit short if he does not land in LAX directly.. Maybe he will visit some friends or studio around before the ceremony ? Getting hot dudes !

          • Full Options

            THX for the info !! It seems the whole Koji-Pro will be there for the ultimate consecration… I should not get hyped like that but… Something orgasmic has to happen… No Koji-Tube for long, stuff like that… brrr… 😀

  • Ok dear friends, it’s time for TGA and PSX. Get ready for some awesome Koji Pro announcements, trailers and other interesting things.

    https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/803594541840240641

  • Jav

    Death stranding could be exclusive for ps4 for 18 months. Maybe 12 months and then a pc version. Coming, maybe, in 2020.
    I read that.

    • Lex Radu

      where?

      • Jav

        3djuegos.com
        In spanish.

    • AlbertoBalsam/ShampooManLeguy

      I dunno where you read that but it’s bullshit
      The game releases in 2018 not 2020

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