Hideo Kojima has said he wants to leave Earth and “create a game you can play in space.”
Axios’ Stephen Totilo wrote on Twitter that Kojima responded with, “I want to go to outer space. I want to go to outer space and create a game you can play In space… So please someone send me up to space.”
Others in attendance at the event have suggested that Kojima’s words weren’t entirely serious.
Outside of his work on the Metal Gear franchise, Kojima has been keen to experiment with unconventional gameplay mechanics in the past.
One such example is the GBA RPG Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand. The game’s cartridge included a light sensor, activated by taking your GBA outside into the sun, which would charge in-game weapons.
Kojima has also spoken repeatedly in the past of his desire to create a game that would self-destruct, should the player die in-game.
A description for the Connecting Worlds documentary reads, “Widely regarded as the first auteur of video games, this visually captivating documentary gives a rare insight into Hideo Kojima’s creative process as he launches his own independent studio.”
Kojima started his career in 1986 at Konami, where he designed Metal Gear (1987) for the MSX2, laying the foundation for the stealth genre of video games.
He went on to spend more than 30 years at Konami, producing several acclaimed Metal Gear Solid games, as well as the mech title Zone of the Enders, plus adventure games Snatcher (1988) and Policenauts (1994).