Hideo Kojima Rejects Battle Royale Games at SDCC

first_imgStay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Surely one of the reasons why battle royale games became the biggest thing in gaming is because of how appealingly straightforward the premise is. A bunch of players drop onto an island full of guns and try to murder each other as the walls close in until there’s only one left. Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends may mess around with different ideas in the margins, but that core idea is pretty easy to understand.Hideo Kojima, meanwhile, is making a game where Norman Reedus tries to bridge America back together with a baby in a tube while fighting Mads Mikkelsen’s time-traveling goo soldiers or something in the upcoming Death Stranding. We’re excited, but not because we think it’s going to be easy to understand. And at the game’s San Diego Comic-Con panel Kojima bluntly stated his disinterested in creating something more mainstream.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kojima got a big applause when he said “The easiest way to make money is to make a game where everyone is on an island trying to shoot each other. I don’t want to make that.”Considering that I’m also more into weird Kojima games than derivative battle royale games, I’m happy about this. But it is a little surprising considering how well the battle royale genre might have blended with Kojima’s past work. For all of its political anime weirdness, Metal Gear is ultimately a game about sneaking around and shooting people like in a battle royale. The kind of intense emotions battle royales evoke in players I have to imagine Kojima would love. And you know if Metal Gear Survive (infamously made without Kojima’s involvement) was made just a year or two later it would’ve been a battle royale game.But this Fortnite shade wasn’t the only thing Kojima had to say at SDCC. The gaming legend talked about how streaming offers new possibilities for the future of the medium. We learned more about Death Stranding characters including Heartman, played by director Nicolas Winding Refn, who dies every few minutes. And we even found out that before he became the breathtaking star of Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves could’ve taken the Death Stranding role that ultimately went to Mikkelsen. That Metal Gear Keanu mod could’ve been real.For more on Death Stranding, rewatch the latest trailer to see if you can wrap your head around it before the November release. For more on battle royale games, check out PUBG’s attempt at a story for its latest season.last_img read more

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