While the initial Silent Hills happened to fall through the cracks of our reality when Hideo Kojima was ejected from Konami back in 2015, the recognized developer went on to form his own independent game studio, Kojima Productions. Since then, Kojima in collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment went on to ship Death Stranding and the coming ‘Director’s Cut’ for the game is underway for PlayStation 5 later this month.
However, plans for Kojima’s next venture is currently muddied. Although there is no confirmation on the project, GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb claims that Kojima is working on an Xbox exclusive project as Kojima signs a letter of intent with Microsoft. Grubb later on went on to state that the project is part of an exclusive initiative at Xbox for xCloud that is being helmed by former Valve Kim Swift, he shared.
But in a new interview with Japanese outlet An-An, Siliconera translates to reveal that Kojima is desiring to incorporate an experience that runs in real-time similar to the Game Boy Advanced title, Boktai.
I want to create a game that changes in real-time. Even though there are people of different ages and trades playing the same game, they are playing it in the same way. Instead, I want the game to change based on where that person lives, and that person’s unique perspective … Because you would defeat vampires using the light from the sun, [Boktai] would change based on where and when you played the game. That kind of feature connects man-made systems to real-life.
Kojima previously at Konami worked on the Game Boy release back in 2003 and incorporated niché elements like the factor for real-time actions and the ability to fight the undead with the handheld’s solar sensor to deal damage. From his excitement to see these features be relived in a new medium, this new discovery could mean that the claims for xCloud to be tangible.
Of course this is speculation, but speaking in reference to Kojima’s time with the Nintendo handheld does potentially spark his creative flow for what is understood to be in anticipation for Microsoft’s new mobile venture. Perhaps this desire from Kojima could be translated into another console project elsewhere, but for now it appears to be possibly the first sign of reference to the alleged xCloud claim.
Previously, Death Stranding actor Norman Reedus leaked the possibility of a second Death Stranding game. While Kojima Productions nor Sony Interactive Entertainment has yet to make the announcement, Reedus was open the his statement at the time. You can read the full report by heading here.
Are you interested to see where Kojima goes with this new desire?