Shortly before leaving Konami, Hideo Kojima was working on a new title in the Silent Hill franchise. The demo, P.T. proved that it would have very likely been quite the terror. However, it seems that Kojima-san is rather reluctant to go back into that genre any time soon.
In an interview with IGN, Hideo Kojima confided that the reason why he has no desire to make another horror game is because he just gets too scared.
“I get scared very easily. Actually, this is true of Alfred Hitchcock as well as Steven Spielberg. Because they scare easily, because I scare easily, it’s actually easy for us to make something that is scary, because we understand what is scary.
“But while in that process, we’re constantly imagining, like, terrifying situations so it ends up giving me bad dreams. That’s the reason why I don’t want to make a horror game.”
And yet, it seems that Kojima-san has a knack for the horror genre. He went on to talk about exactly what he feels makes for a significant scare.
“I think the most effective way to scare someone is to show them something that’s slightly out of the ordinary. Slightly off, but at first glance, they don’t know what it is about it that is unusual. When you do something like this, it confuses the mind, and that becomes unnerving for the person who sees it.
“Also, the unknown. When there’s no information available for something, it’s more frightening. An example would be a bungee jump. If you’ve done it more than one time, it’s never as scary as the first time. Something that no one has any preconceptions about is the scariest thing.
“A good example of that is the original Alien. Everyone knows the design now, the famous design by H.R. Giger, but in the original movie, you don’t see it for most of the movie. You just see, like, quick cuts and little pieces, so you don’t know the shape. You don’t know the exact size. Until you see it at the end, and it’s like ‘oh, it’s shaped like a person. Somebody is wearing, like, an outfit, like a mascot.’ So it’s not scary at that point, but until that point, because it’s this unknown entity. It’s very scary.”
Hideo Kojima’s next title is Death Stranding for the PlayStation 4. He has said that it will not be a horror game. He also recently commented on why he chose Sony’s platform for the new game.