After the massive success of Kojima Production’s original video game Death Stranding, gamers are trying to figure out what next is for the eccentric and detail-obsessed video game developer Hideo Kojima.
He recently landed a BAFTA fellowship, which is a lifetime achievement award given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In an interview with them, he teased a potential return to the horror genre, something he once attempted with P.T., a game set in the Silent Hill universe starring The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus.
During an interview over at BAFTA, video game creator Hideo Kojima revealed that he’s very much still interested in tackling the horror genre and is already developing ideas for a game that would be so scary it could make gamers soil themselves.
BAFTA: A word on the remarkable P.T. (2014) – did you anticipate such a strong reaction? Would you like to return to a horror project like that, and are there any other games or series you have worked on that you would like to revisit one day?
KOJIMA: “P.T. is special. Human fear ultimately stems from the unknown. P.T. was an experiment in producing an effect in response to that nature. So, the reaction was as expected – if anything we could say that it was a great success as a teaser. P.T. was a mysterious game, created by a mysterious studio, with no previous announcement or information, so it used forbidden techniques to increase fear. It was a one-off thing, so we cannot reuse that method again.”
“I’m easily frightened myself, so I have confidence that I could create something more terrifying than perhaps others could. I get frightened of things like darkness and imagine shadows of ghosts in the dark. Just like Hitchcock or Spielberg did.”
“P.T. ended as just an experiment, but I would like to make another horror game someday. Something that uses a revolutionary method to create terror, that doesn’t just make you pee your pants, but crap them. I already have ideas in mind.”
Fans have been trying to piece together a theory that Kojima Productions is returning to the world of Silent Hill, but that hasn’t been made official and remains to be stuck in the realm of speculation.
Death Stranding actor Norman Reedus, who was also involved with P.T. had recently revealed to WIRED in March that he was in talks with Kojima Productions to do “other stuff”.
REEDUS: “We did Death Stranding which is a huge hit and we’re in talks to do other stuff.”
We’ll have to wait for a real official announcement on what they’ll do next.