Hideo Kojima is keeping busy! A new action espionage game from the famed creator of Metal Gear Solid is in the works, having been announced during today’s State of Play stream.
Details are thin on the ground, but during the show Kojima said this project is a new intellectual property, and described it as a movie as well as a game. “Of course, it is an interactive game,” Kojima said, “but it is also a movie at the same time.”
Production is expected to begin “in earnest” at Kojima Productions after Death Stranding 2 and in partnership with Sony, so expect a release on PlayStation 5. During State of Play, Kojima said he was “confident” this new game “will be the culmination of my work”, adding: “we hope to transcend the barriers between film and video games.”
After turning to the camera to say “stay tuned”, Kojima and PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst walked off set, the camera pulling away out of the building to reveal a Columbia Pictures sign with the word ‘Physint’ below it.
It turns out Physint is the working title for this project. In a tweet, Kojima said it will be Kojima Productions’ third new original IP since the studio’s founding. “It is a completely new ‘Action Espionage’ for the next-generation,” Kojima said. “It will be created using cutting-edge technology and the best talents from around the world, both from film and video games. Of course this is an interactive ‘game’, but the look, story, theme, cast, acting, fashion, sound, etc… are all at the next level of ‘Digital Entertainment’ that could be called a ‘movie’.”
The Kojima Productions Twitter / X account also commented, saying Physint will have “near life-like graphics. “With the full support of SIE, this new action espionage game will use cutting-edge technology and a stellar cast to deliver an experience like no other,” reads the tweet. “Blurring the boundaries between film and games, offering near life-like graphics and a new take on interactive entertainment.”
Kojima is familiar with the espionage and stealth genre, as many will know Kojima for his work in creating the Metal Gear franchise, a series known for laying the foundations for the stealth genre of video games.
This is one of a few projects Kojima and his studio are working on. Additional projects include Death Stranding 2 and OD. The latter is a new IP in collaboration with Xbox Game Studios, with actress Hunter Schafer and filmmaker Jordan Peele attached to the project. Kojima is also involved in A24’s film adaption of the original Death Stranding, though no additional information has been shared.
Kojima’s new game was revealed in a stream that also featured more info on Rise of the Ronin, Stellar Blade, as well as Kojima’s own Death Stranding 2. You can find everything announced at today’s State of Play right here.
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