Hideo Kojima Returns to Action Espionage Genre with New Game: Physint

Renowned game developer Hideo Kojima recently made a surprising announcement – he is returning to the action espionage genre with his upcoming game, codenamed Physint. In a recent episode of his YouTube series, HideoTube, Kojima revealed that the inspiration behind this decision came from his fans who have been requesting a new game in the style of Metal Gear on a daily basis through social media. Additionally, he mentioned that a personal experience with illness and the pandemic in 2020 made him reflect on his own mortality, leading him to reconsider his priorities as a game creator.

Kojima expressed his desire to create his own intellectual property (IP) after becoming an independent developer, resulting in the creation of Death Stranding and its upcoming sequel. However, fans kept asking for another Metal Gear game relentlessly. Kojima admitted, “In the last eight years, every day on social media, from users all around the world, people have been asking me to create another Metal Gear and stuff like that.” These continuous requests, combined with his health struggles, pushed him to re-evaluate his creative path.

“I fell ill in 2020. It was also during the pandemic, so I was sick and isolated during all of it. I even had surgery. And I thought, ‘I can’t anymore.’ I was at my lowest and felt like I couldn’t go back to making games. I wrote a will, too. And in that moment, I realized that people die,” Kojima shared candidly. However, turning 60 years old last year made him realize the importance of cherishing each moment and never retiring from his passion for game development.

A Change in Priorities

Despite his desire to explore new ideas and concepts, Kojima acknowledged the overwhelming demand from fans for another Metal Gear game. He stated, “Having said that, if the users desire it so much, I thought I should change my priorities a bit. I still want to do new things, but I decided to make an action-espionage game.” This decision led to the birth of Physint, a game that combines elements of both a game and a movie.

Kojima mentioned that he has received numerous requests from Hollywood to venture into filmmaking. However, due to his commitment to his own company and ongoing game development, he has been unable to dedicate the necessary time to filmmaking. He shared a conversation he had with renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who reassured Kojima that his games are already cinematic experiences. Del Toro’s advice resonated with Kojima, affirming his belief that games can be as impactful and immersive as movies.

The Future of Physint

At this point, little is known about Physint as it is still in the early stages of development. Kojima Productions is currently focused on their existing projects, with work on Physint set to begin after the release of Death Stranding 2. Kojima’s intention to collaborate with various creators from the entertainment industry suggests that Physint will offer a unique blend of gaming and cinematic experiences.

As fans eagerly await more details about Physint, Kojima’s words in the HideoTube episode provide a glimmer of hope. He expressed his appreciation for the unwavering support from his fans and his determination to continue creating innovative and immersive games. While the specifics of Physint may remain a mystery for now, Kojima’s return to the action espionage genre is undoubtedly an exciting development for both fans of his previous works and newcomers alike.

In the meantime, fans can catch Kojima’s discussion about Physint with English subtitles around the 46-minute mark in the HideoTube episode. Stay tuned for updates on this highly anticipated game that promises to push the boundaries of gaming and storytelling.


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