Despite feeling like it came out several lifetimes ago, Kojima Productions’ bizarre meditation on Conan O’Brien known as Death Stranding isn’t even close to being a year old. But that doesn’t mean noted auteur and squishy-boobed action figure enthusiast Hideo Kojima has been sitting on his laurels in the meantime. Indeed, Kojima and company have been working so hard that not only is their next thing in pre-production, but an entirely different big project has already fallen through since Death Stranding came out last November, according to a Gematsu translation of an interview with Livedoor.
“I can’t say anything since it’s still in the planning stages,” Kojima said of his next project during the interview, “but we’re doing various work behind the scenes. Just recently, a big project fell apart, so I’m a bit upset about that (laughs). Well, that sort of thing happens often in this industry.” Kojima went on to say that rumors of Kojima Productions procuring the rights to the Metal Gear and/or P.T./Silent Hill series from Konami are “completely false.” This new project being in the “planning stages” does mean that, whatever it is, we shouldn’t expect to see for several years to come.
As for what that big failed project might have been, well, there’s a universe of possibilities out there waiting for you to discover through the magic of fanfiction. It can be whatever big project you wanted it to me! Except for a Metal Gear or Silent Hill game, I guess. Those options are off the table.
The Kojima rumor mill has continually churned out new ways for Kojima Productions to have somehow resurrected the long-dead Silent Hills project, which involved director Guillermo del Toro and mangaka Junji Ito, ever since the project was originally cancelled just before Kojima’s departure from Konami. It’s also worked tirelessly to figure out how exactly Kojima could return to the magical realism of Metal Gear, despite the fact that Kojima seems pretty jazzed about making things that aren’t Metal Gear for the first time in several decades. These rumors have been consistently debunked or refuted by people that would know, but I somehow doubt that will stop the internet’s saddest and most dedicated fandoms — Metal Gear and Silent Hill — from working to will their dreams into reality once again.
And speaking of things that aren’t Metal Gear, it sounds like Death Stranding did alright for Kojima Productions and Sony. “We surpassed the amount we needed to make a profit,” Kojima told Livedoor, “so I think it sold well enough to be called a ‘success,’ recoupment of development costs included. We’ll release the PC version soon and have already secured enough profit to prepare for what’s next, so there’s no need to worry.” Death Stranding arrives on Steam and the Epic Games Store on July 14.
Personally, I hope that Kojima Productions’ next thing isn’t a video game at all. Let the dude make his damn movie already. Maybe Kojima Productions could do a Netflix Original series about a dystopian future where everybody’s arm has a screaming face in it because God cursed humanity or some shit, but then it turns out it wasn’t God, it was Dog, an actual Dog that controls Earth from the moon, and you would absolutely not believe the amount of rock-hard man ass in this show. Kojima tells everyone the soundtrack is done by a no-wave band from Croatia but it’s actually just Grimes in a mask, and Geoff Keighley plays along because he’s paid to. There’s only one woman in the whole show (played by, hell, I dunno, Cara Delevingne? Chloe Moretz?) and her entire personality is based on some profoundly upsetting (yet somehow still mostly irrelevant and unnecessary) physical trauma she’s endured. The show is only six episodes long and it’s the most expensive thing Netflix has ever produced. It’s called, uh, Malignant Bias.