Death Stranding’s Hideo Kojima Is A “Master Of The Form,” Says J.J. Abrams

Hideo Kojima Is A "Master Of The Form," Says J.J. Abrams

Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima has accumulated quite the following of celebrity fans and friends over the past few years. Whether it’s been simple respect for his work or growing to appreciate him while working alongside him, many household names have sung Kojima’s praises in the past and will likely continue to do so in the future. One such resonant voice is that of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams, who recently spoke about Kojima’s “master of the form” of blending fun game mechanics with “the satisfaction of a narrative story.”

J.J. Abrams spoke at great length about Hideo Kojima in a recent interview with IGN, while also discussing how game developers and the like have to work in layers to achieve multiple things at once from multiple different standpoints. “The dream, though, is that the storyteller, the game designer, the filmmaker, they actually have a secret, more important thing that they’re also doing,” Abrams said. “That there’s actually another layer, another reason for the thing to exist. Another message that they’re trying to express. And when something is made great, with that intention, I think it resonates, and it has a power that’s greater than just the thing that you think it is.”

“If there’s an intention that goes deeper in the creation, it’s felt in the playing,” Abrams added. “The idea that you can combine both, and he’s done this before, and is clearly doing it again, telling a great story and doing it in an interactive medium, it’s a tightrope. It’s a very challenging thing.”

But if there is a master of the form, of taking what is the fun of a game, but the satisfaction of a narrative story, you know combine those together into one piece, that master is Hideo Kojima.”

Death Stranding is now available for PlayStation 4, with a PC version coming next year.

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Ryan "Cinna" Carrier3026 Posts

Ryan is the Lead Editor for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.


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