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Hideo Kojima Discusses Death Stranding's Development Taking Three Years

In a new interview, Hideo Kojima discusses Death Stranding's three-year development cycle.

September 18, 2019

In a new interview with GameSpot, Hideo Kojima discusses Death Stranding‘s development and how it took three years to make.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m always quick. It’s like, three years? I can’t really say anything about Sony right now… maybe it’ll take 8 years, or maybe 10 years for first-party titles, like Nintendo as well,” says Kojima. “Cyberpunk has probably been worked on for more than 8 years, I’ve created in three years. When I was creating Metal Gear Solid 5, I needed more time because I had to produce the engine, as well as produce other titles.”

“So, if you looked back at the interviews three or four years ago, I’m as consistent as I said about game design… I’m kind of very efficient in the way I make games in a short time,” Kojima continues. “Every day, every hour, I decide left or right. I won’t say, ‘I’ll think about it’ or ‘let’s think about it,’ I make a decision on the spot. So, that’s one reason I don’t outsource so much because you have to answer emails and wait for answers, that’s why I do it in house as much as possible.”

Also in the interview, Kojima discusses the possibility of making Death Stranding sequels where he said he isn’t sure if he’ll do that. Additionally, he says that while it doesn’t matter to him about if people will not understand the game’s story, he hopes people will understand the themes of connection and disconnection present in the game’s story.

“One of the reasons it’s fast is because I do all of the planning, design, and produce and that kind of forces me to make quick decisions. There’s no time lag. Like other developers might have different people doing boss battles, and different people doing the cutscenes–it’s a bit chaotic when they have to pull everything together,” Kojima continues. “But our team is about 80 people, usually other big teams are 300 or 600. So that’s what–with the short amount of time and [fewer] amount of people, and the direct feedback I give–allows me to make this game in this time.”

Death Stranding launches on November 8 on PlayStation 4.

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