Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima believes games and movies will ‘meld together’

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By Adnan Riaz

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has said that video games and movies will ‘meld together’ in the near future.

Speaking to Glixel, the 53-year-old Japanese director believes the way in which games and movies are now created has made them ‘basically interchangeable’.

‘The main difference is that a movie is not interactive, whereas a game is,’ he said. ‘It’s almost like industrial design, where you need to think about the way many people will interact with a product, and design it around that.

‘That’s a big difference between movies and games’.

Kojima identified that virtual reality (VR) will play a big part in bringing both mediums into the same type of entrainment.

‘But if we move to what we were just talking about — VR and breaking out of the frame — that’ll happen with movies,’ he explained. So now with movies people will be able to look anywhere, so you’ll need to design assets, you’ll need to design the movie with the same mentality as designing a game to service the viewer, to cover all those bases.

‘So in that respect they’ll become the same type of entertainment’.

Kojima established his own independent studio, Kojima Productions, after leaving publisher Konami in 2015.

He is currently working on his new open-world action title, Death Stranding, in collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Death Stranding stars The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, Hannibal actor Mads Mikkelsen and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

Kojima Productions is yet to announce an official release date for Death Stranding, though it will be exclusively released on PlayStation 4.

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