Hideo Kojima is a bit of an enigma. A lot of his games have garnered an almost cult-like following and yet they are undoubtedly a bit of an acquired taste. Death Stranding was touted, by Kojima himself, as introducing a new genre. Back in November 2019 when Dawid reviewed it, he didn’t quite agree, but he loved it nonetheless, saying: “It’s a new take on the adventure genre. It’s not going to appeal to everyone, but those who stay for the long haul won’t be left stranded on their beach.” He scored it a whopping nine out of ten. And, as our first taste of the newly established Kojima Productions, it definitely gave us a taste of what we could expect from Kojima in terms of video games post-Metal Gear. And now, it seems, a new department within Kojima Productions will be bringing that trademark flair to music, movies and TV…
As per this games gamesindustry.biz article, Riley Russell (previously at PlayStation) will head up the new Kojima Productions division in Los Angeles. This is how Russel himself describes the new division’s goals:
The new division will be tasked with working with creative and talented professionals in television, music and film, as well as the more familiar games industry… The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions and to make them, even more, a part of our popular culture.
It will be interesting to see Kojima’s distinct voice in those different cultural spheres and let’s see if he can create some ‘new’ genres in music, film and TV too.