Hideo Kojima’s family has been telling him to retire from games development – but he chose not to due to his passion for games.
Speaking to GameSpot, Kojima explained that it had been two years since he last visited E3, “but it definitely feels like it’s been ten years”.
“E3 is a location where there are a lot of players and a lot of creators,” he said, “so it’s a special time and I feel good being back, being able to feel that sensation. Last year, because of different circumstances, I wasn’t able to come.
“I’m also getting old and my family has been telling me to retire and do what I want. In the end, I want to make games, I want to make something fun. I like to share that with players. After all of that, I’m able to come back here, and being out there with everyone, I feel like I made the right choice.”
Born in 1963, Kojima left Konami late last year after spending 19 years at the company. During his tenure he created the Metal Gear Solid series and worked on multiple other games, including Zone of the Enders and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
While the circumstances surrounding his departure have never been fully revealed, it followed months after an alleged “power struggle” between Konami and his studio Kojima Productions was brought to light. Kojima’s name was also removed from the box art of his latest game Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and the branding of previous titles in the Metal Gear Solid series.
Following his departure, Kojima re-launched Kojima Productions as an independent studio and signed a deal with Sony to bring his next title, Death Stranding, to PS4.
小岛秀夫出生于1963年，在为科乐美鞠躬尽瘁19年后离开这间公司。在他任职期间，小岛一手打造了潜龙谍影系列，而且还参与开发了诸多其他游戏，比如ZOE、恶魔城：幻影之王。小岛秀夫离职的内幕或许永远不会被曝光。在科乐美上层与小岛工作室之间的“权力冲突”曝光数月后（译者注：原文为power struggle，而日本网民普遍用パワハラ “权力骚扰”来定义科乐美)，小岛才得以解脱。小岛的名字也被科乐美从包括幻痛在内的所有潜龙谍影作品上拿下。在离开科乐美之后，小岛重组了小岛工作室（作为独立团队而存在）并与索尼签了一份合作协议，将把下一部作品《死亡之绊》带到PS4平台。
A release date for Death Stranding has yet to be announced.