Discussing what Kojima is going to do next is a favorite pastime of video game enthusiasts. The creator of Metal Gear and Death Stranding has added a lot to gaming throughout his career, and today that he’s “free” at Kojima Productions, it’s legitimate to expect the best from his games.
In a recent interview given to the Japanese publication Anan, one of the questions he was confronted with had to do with the things he has in mind for the future of his projects, giving the example of an idea he put into practice in a project relatively unknown to the majority from the audience, but that is very much alive in Hideo’s mind.
More specifically, Kojima used the example of “Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand,” a 2003 game for the Game Boy Advance, where a light sensor on the cartridge allowed the software to determine the time of day we were in, changing content and encouraging people to play in the sunlight.
“What I want is to make games that change in real time. People of all ages and professions are playing the same game, but they all do it the same way. Instead, it’s something that changes depending on where you are and how you are you feel about him.”
“In the past I made a game called Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand. It’s a title for the Game Boy Advance handheld, which had a sensor and a clock. The amount of sunlight is reflected in the game to defeat vampires, so the game changes depending on where you are and how you play it. This type of device connects the system created by people with the real world.”
This connection between the real and the virtual in videogames has evolved in the field of what we know as augmented reality, where virtual elements “invade” the real world through the screen. Kojima’s idea seems to go more in the opposite direction, of being the real world influencing what we experience on screen, in which way only time will tell. At 58 years old, the creator of Metal Gear seems more determined than ever to make its mark on interactive media.
“Even though my body is failing me, my creativity hasn’t slowed down yet. Until my brain loses its creative power, I will remain committed to creating things. That’s my instinct and that’s what I love to do.”