There is little dispute when it comes to the talent and inventiveness of Japanese video game designer Hideo Kojima, the man behind such iconic titles as the Metal Gear Solid series, Policenauts, Zone of the Enders and Death Stranding. As a creator, Kojima is an individual who’s rarely content to rest on his laurels and is constantly in pursuit of the next big innovation in the gaming world. So what imaginative gaming concept is next on Kojima’s mind?
According to a recent interview with Japanese gaming publication Anan, Kojima would like to make a game that changes in real-time and in accordance to the individual player.
“What I want to do is to make games that change in real time,” Kojima said. “People of all ages and professions are playing the same game, but everyone is playing the same way. Instead, it’s something that changes depending on where you live and how you feel about it.”
Kojima referenced that the idea would build upon one instituted in a previous game in his resume, Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand, which was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003.
“I made a game called Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand before. It’s a portable Game Boy Advance with a sun sensor and a clock. The amount of light from the sun is reflected in the game to defeat vampires, so the game changes depending on where and when you play. This kind of device connects the system created by people to the real world.”
Kojima, who recently celebrated his 58th birthday, declared that he’ll “continue to strive to create things” for as long as he’s able.
“Turned 58 years old today, and although my body is failing me, my creativity is not waning yet,” he said in a Twitter post. Putting his age into perspective, Kojima added, “In case you’re wondering, I’m the same age as Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise is one year older… Until my brain loses its creative power, I’ll continue to strive to create things. That’s my instinct, and that’s what I love to do. Thank you.”
What do you think of the fact that Hideo Kojima wants to make games that ‘change in real time’? Do you think if any video game creator could make it work, it’d be Kojima?