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Kojima: What I've Been Preparing For Became "Meaningless"

When Hideo Kojima is sad, gamers are sad.

We have no idea why the master has called the previous year "meaningless," but it's definitely worthy of discussion. According to a few recent Twitter updates from Kojima (as translated by VG247), something bad must've happened to one of his new projects. In two separate Tweets, he writes:

"I canít take it anymore; this is unbearable, I canít stay positive."

"The thing that I spent one year delicately preparing became meaningless."

So has a fresh Kojima Productions project been canned? And if so, what was it? It can't be Zone of the Enders 3 because that title hasn't even started development, and it really can't be his new NGP title, because he's all set to display it at E3 next month. But above all else, we hate to see one of the industry's brightest minds floundering and finding it tough to "stay positive." :(

Tags: hideo kojima, kojima, metal gear solid, kojima games

5/25/2011 8:40:42 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (49 posts)

YashaZz
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:01:11 PM
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A very sad time indeed.
Hope he finds a way.

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Riku994
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:29:21 PM
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I wonder if he'll tell us what happened...

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LittleBigMidget
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:33:12 PM
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Damn, I've never heard of Kojima canceling a game, first time for everything I guess.

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Douchebaguette
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:55:55 PM

He who doesn't fall, doesn't rise.

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:33:34 PM
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Seeing Kojima down like this is like seeing a unicorn cry... It just shouldn't happen!

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Beamboom
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 4:00:18 AM

*ROFL*! Oh man, what a quote…
Ben, I want a signature option on this site :D Gotta start "Quote of the week". :D


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/26/2011 4:00:38 AM

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:44:13 PM
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Give that man a cookie.

Doesn't fix anything, but I know a cookie cheers me up. :)

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Fane1024
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:47:50 PM
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Time for Sony to poach Kojima?

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sirbob6
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:51:59 PM
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Blasphemy!!! The great Kojima can never be meaningless!

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Kiryu
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:52:18 PM
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Don't worry Kojima doesn't make bad games.

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totozero18
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 9:54:59 PM
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Wow, now this gives me the chills...this is like, end of hope is like seeing Konami is going Square's way.

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 10:19:10 PM
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I think he wanted to be at e3 but can't so he has to a new game somewhere else. Isn't suppose to show 2 new games?

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main_event05
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 10:23:57 PM
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Hideo Kojima giving up on games is like God giving up on the world.

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Qubex
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 10:26:48 PM
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It may simply be the economic realities of our time.

The markets may have rallied close to a hundred percent from their death defying lows (some 2 years or so ago), but that is due to enormous amounts of money printing creating liquidity to try and fill up the trillion dollar holes left after the near collapse of the financial system; it therefore does not mean people have more money in their pockets... it just means bankers had more liquidity to "speculate" with to try and make more money out of "given money" - from the tax payers - to try and fill their gigantic black holes - after a spectacular night at the casino...

In the real world there is only so much money that people can dispose of on gaming and their hobbies. Maybe Kojima's project was too ambitious, or would cost to much for the publisher to risk making it, or at least start making it and then having to can it half way through. Maybe this is better; allow Kojima to re-think and see if the I.P. he was working on could be re-optimised, re-designed to fall within acceptable budget limitations and time.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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maxpontiac
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:13:16 AM

Your opening sentence is all that needed to be said.

A lot of people are experiencing "normalcy bias" right now, and they are ignoring the planetary wide economic crisis.

There are bigger things at work here, and the video game industry has been able to steer clear of the pitfalls for the most part. I believe what is coming down the road by the end of 2011 and all of 2012 will change a lot of things in this industry.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 10:28:31 PM
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According to one of the tweets I saw, I believe it was his secret "Devil" game, that was somehow related to MGS.

I'd like to know the whole story behind this sudden game downturn because this was the game he said he always wanted to do, but I'm thinking it wasn't turned down by his own production company, so that would only leave Sony, and I just can't see them ever thumbing anything of his down.

And the plot thickens.......

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 10:50:16 PM
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I don't think we should overreact here, it doesn't say anything is cancelled.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 11:05:08 PM
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It must be especially tough for him considering how much of a perfectionist he is. And it's tough on us, cause we won't get to see it. I'd be really disappointed if it was a new IP because I'm sure he has plenty of ideas to offer us and I don't want to miss a single one.

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 11:09:47 PM
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The gaming industry can be quite unpredictable today. I guess he learned that. I hope everything works out for him, though. He sounds quite disappointed, and it disappoints me as a result.

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Milonakis
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 11:42:36 PM
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My guess = MG Rising didn't turn out as he hoped, and Konami won't change it.

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Teddie9
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:21:35 AM

Same, I quickly assumed it was to do with Rising. Maybe he's regretting letting those two underlings of his on their own.
However his statement implies something He had direct influence upon.

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BIGRED15
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:21:41 AM
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Awww man, if this is cause for the next full MGS installment to fall through the floor I will be wicked pissed.

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Xzer0
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:25:24 AM
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It could be his relationship, which last only one year. The problem is in his personal life which made him depressed.

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Gordo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 1:28:46 AM
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I heard he had been building a "Rapture" proof house and now he doesn't need it anymore!

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RadioHeader
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 4:16:45 AM

I built a special pair of underpants for that same reason, but I'm gonna keep wearing em until 21/12/2012.

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nilos95
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 1:40:57 AM
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Can he even create a bad game? 'A Hideo Kojima game' equals quality.

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Beamboom
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 4:03:14 AM

What other games than mgs has he made? Sorry for being the ignorant fool here but I know very little of this man. I just understand that he is huge, according to the crowd here. :)

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___________
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 4:21:01 AM
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its finally happened Hideo............. you have lost your mind!
10 free imaginary cookies to the first who can remember what show and what episode thats from.
O, obviously Hideos name was not in there, cant say which one was because it would give it away.

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PorkChopGamer
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:25:46 AM

I just made a reference to that ep earlier this week. That's awesome! My wife was telling me about Oprah's last episode and the hype, and I said 'Aw, she's not so great. She got diarrhea when we went to Carlsbad Caverns.' The face she made was priceless.

So, The Simpsons and Bart vs Lisa vs The 3rd Grade.

Send the cookies to 123 Fake Street, c/o Rock Strongo aka Lance Uppercut.

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___________
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:36:12 AM

LOL!
i was visiting my aunti on the weekend, and the retirement came up.
i said thank god, now all i need to do is get ellen off the air and ill be free!
cant watch national TV anymore, without getting drowned in bloody hen shows!
..... then got chased with the rolling pin!

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Beamboom
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 2:35:25 PM

wow that was impressive, Pork! :D

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Snaaaake
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 5:52:25 AM
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I hope it's not ZOE3, he already hinted he's working on that one so I hope it's not ZOE3 that got scrapped.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:23:02 AM

Really? I never read any hints =\ I would have loved to, ZoE2 is the greatest mech game ever created and I'm just hoping for ZoE3 to be made whenever but I haven't heard them say anything like that they're making it?

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Snaaaake
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:41:24 AM

He did, sorry but I can't get a link.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:46:26 AM

He only hinted that it might be a go project at some point. I don't think he ever hinted that he was currently working on ZoE3.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:23:30 AM
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Well...maybe he had left his pc on this whole time, was working on stuff, never pressed saved and the power went out? :(

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karneli lll
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:40:53 AM

Im sure that would make him ecstatic

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karneli lll
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:39:52 AM
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He was told that one of his projects has to go multi-platform so that means; scaling down his project to fit in a few dvds.

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Karosso
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:57:16 AM

I can see that happening, he got this amazing game he was gonna make exclusive for the PS3 and Konami tells him it must be multiplat and needs to be more westernized :(
Most Japanese publishers and developers are out of their minds this generation...

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slugga_status
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 7:36:50 AM
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I know he was working on a PS3 exclusive..so I hope it isn't in regards to that..Long as it is nothing Metal Gear related I think I'll survive. Must have been a project of epic proportions if he's feeling like this.

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Vitron
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 8:27:43 AM
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Well that's life, but don't worry.
With enough perseverance and a little cheer from his fans, the light at the end of the tunnel isn't far right off.

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Underdog15
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:38:51 AM
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Maybe he's going through something personal, and his personal motivation for doing things somehow fell through.

Whatever it is, hope his spirits are lifted soon.

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oONewcloudOo
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:49:38 AM
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This has probably has to every developer out there but kojima is the only one that will cry about it

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shadowpal2
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:27:38 AM
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For some reason, when I heard this, I thought it had something to do with PSN. I mean he was talking a lot about Cloud based features during the NGP Reveal Conference.

And now after this whole breach and stuff, maybe he's a bit frightened as to the things that might happen to his new MGS game for the NGP, with the PlayStation Network.

I guess the more likely would be something to do with Metal Gear Solid Rising. For he's producing it, but he didn't really have a say as to how the game will play.

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Drake_RB3
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:28:53 AM
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I wonder if it has anything to do with the PSP remaster series coming out for the PS3.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:21:24 AM
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He was working on MGS:PW for PS3 - but not just an HD makeover...

Probably bummed out by this news.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:38:25 AM
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He should join Sony. They let their devs be as creative as they want.

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Lairfan
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 9:50:59 PM
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I hope Kojima starts feeling better soon. I really don't know what else to say except that I feel bad for him, and I hope he finds the drive to continue going.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 10:57:43 PM
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Hmmm, I wonder if it might have been something he could've been planning about rebooting Snatcher

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