Hideo Kojima: The Days Of Consoles Are Numbered
Typically, one listens when Hideo Kojima speaks. But those who enjoy and appreciate their game collections and would rather not have a "collection" of digital files on a screen might not like what he has to say.
The master spoke at a news conference in Tokyo designed to announce his latest project - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP - and he clearly sees a console-dry future. He says that in the near future, developers won't have to worry about hardware platforms and will essentially free themselves from console manufacturers. Said Kojima:
"In the near future, we'll have games that don't depend on any platform. Gamers should be able to take the experience with them in their living rooms, on the go, when they travel -- wherever they are and whenever they want to play. It should be the same software and the same experience."
In response to this, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kawano said that it's a "bold prediction" and that they hope Kojima "continues to develop for platforms." We've often heard analysts say that the future of games is digital downloads; i.e., no more boxes, no more physical media - like discs - and in our eyes, no more fun for collectors. But that's merely an opinion and there are indeed obvious benefits to such a "progression." Kojima outlined just a few and we know of the others. So it'll be a very interesting future, nonetheless.
By the way, Peace Walker will be out soon in Japan (June 8 release for the US) and Kojima reminds us that it's old-school MGS; it's about stealth, patience and management. "This is software that developes management skills," he said. "You can even fire workers, something that you can't really do in real life. In the game, I couldn't stop doing it."
4/7/2010 10:38:29 AM Ben Dutka