Hideo Kojima Comments On Death Stranding Negative Reviews
The recent release of Death Stranding has divided many over its cinematic nature and otherwise odd qualities, earning it praise from some and criticism from others. Game director Hideo Kojima, known for releasing unusual titles with complicated plots, responded to the idea of Death Stranding Review Bombing Hits Metacritic getting negative review scores.
In an interview with PlayStation Access, (Video below) Hideo Kojima says he expected mix reviews for Death Stranding.
Later in the interivew, Kojima clarifed previous comments he’s made about Death Stranding ushering in a new genre. He says he’s not trying to create a genre and that “genre follows afterwards and is for other people to name.” He reiterates that he just wants people to experience the game and then maybe a new genre will be named.
“If people are faced with something they haven’t experienced before, it can be challenging,” continues Kojima. “It was the same when I first did a stealth title. But I am hoping with the support I get from fans, that positivity will spread out. And that in 5 or 10 years people will look back at Death Stranding as a new standard. Then I’ll try and create something new again.”
“I must say that the game received rave reviews, especially in Europe and Japan.”
“Here in the United States, however, we have had stronger criticisms. Perhaps it is a difficult game to understand for a certain type of critic and audience.”
“I always try to create new things and disputes and discussions are fine, but it must be said that the Italians or the French have a different artistic sensibility that allows them to appreciate this kind of very original products, they are not in video games but also in the cinema.”
It’s certainly an interesting explanation from one of the industry’s most respected creative forces, but at least Kojima doesn’t seem too disappointed by those who couldn’t chime with Death Stranding as easily as others.
Death Stranding appears to display some of the same, weird qualities of the Metal Gear Solid series with odd mechanics such as peeing, which can possibly unlock items for players. For Kojima fans out there, Death Stranding seems to exhibit many Kojima qualities. As such, admirers of the seasoned game developer should have some idea of what they’re getting into if they decide to purchase the game.
Death Stranding is currently available on PlayStation 4, with a PC release coming in the summer of 2020.