After Kojima Has A "Major Project" Canceled, Planning Is Underway For Next Game

Founder Hideo Kojima expressed frustration at the cancellation, but didn't reveal what it was.

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Hideo Kojima and his studio, Kojima Productions, are currently in the early stages of planning their next big project after plans for a recent one got cancelled.

Kojima, who was interview by Japanese publication Livedoor (translated by Video Games Chronicle), expressed his frustration at having a major project cancelled. He also explained that the studio's next game is in its planning stages, and as such he can't reveal any details about it just yet.

"It's still in the early planning stages so I can't say much, but on the down-low I'm actively working on it," Kojima said. "Recently a major project of mine got cancelled so I'm pretty pissed, but that's the games industry for you."

Kojima also revealed that Death Stranding, Kojima Productions' first title, has recouped its development costs and secured enough for the studio to comfortably pursue their next big game. Death Stranding is still coming to PC this year, but was recently slightly delayed due to logistical issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kojima has expressed the desire to work on smaller games in tandem with the studio's larger projects, with the creator even hinting at a return to horror after the messy cancellation of Silent Hills prior to his departure from Konami. He did, however, refute rumors suggesting that he had revived the project, saying "that’s completely false."

Death Stranding told the story of Sam Bridges and his journey to reconnecting a fractured America in the wake of a cataclysmic event. It was thought-provoking adventure, which earned a 9/10 in our Death Stranding review, with critic Kallie Plagge writing, "It's positive without ignoring pain; in fact, it argues in both its story and its gameplay that adversity itself is what makes things worth doing and life worth living. It's a game that requires patience, compassion, and love, and it's also one we really need right now."

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