While he recently built a solid relationship with Microsoft, Hideo Kojima’s true raise to fame started on PlayStation, so it’s not surprising that he’s fond of quite a few people at Sony.
Apparently today he visited Sony’s headquarter Tokyo to be reunited with some of those friends, also sharing a rather stunning shot of the building (Kojima-san is really a good photographer).
What did he discuss with his old “hero friends?” (I actually checked his equivalent tweets in Japanese, as they often show some slight differences, and he uses the more poetic definition “natsukashii eiyuu,” that can be translated as “nostalgic heroes,” but both tweets come from Kojima-san, so you can pick your favorite version) We don’t know about that, but the visit must have been thought-provoking, as Kojima-San tweeted further:
Looks like the creator of Metal Gear Solid is always thinking ahead, but what is the future he imagined 5-6 years ago that is now becoming real?
Here are a couple relevant quotes from his interviews from that period that might shed some light on what he’s talking about.
In MGS4, yes, I put everything in the cut sequences, which I kind of regret to some extent, because maybe there is a new approach which I should think about. I’m always thinking about it – making it interactive but at the same time telling the story part and the drama even more emotionally. I would like to take that approach, which I am still working on.
If this works, I think I could probably introduce a more interactive storytelling method.
When entertainment becomes digital, there can be a great collaboration between games and other kinds of entertainment like movies or even novels. All these things might form together to form a coherent medium.
I can’t really predict precisely that this will happen in two or three years or whatever. But the trend is there, things are happening and I believe that convergence will happen sooner or later.
That was also the time in which he was talking about passing the baton of the Metal Gear series to younger members of his staff, but quite obviously that’s not what he’s talking about here. What is brewing in Kojima-san’s genius brain for the future 5-6 years from now? He did not say, but I can’t wait to see it.
(Featured picture courtesy of PSU.com)
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