I do not think this will be too much of a shock to people, but Hideo Kojima has confirmed that Death Stranding has been a commercial success, which has led to Kojima Productions making a profit and securing funding for its next project.
Hideo Kojima would not be drawn on what the next project will be, though he did state that another big project had fallen through. Kojima also commented on rumours that Kojima Productions was looking to acquire the rights to PT and Metal Gear Solid, and he categorically denied anything like that was happening.
How did Death Stranding perform sales-wise?
Kojima: “We surpassed the amount we needed to make a profit, so I think it sold well enough to be called a ‘success,’ recoupment of development costs included. We’ll release the PC version soon and have already secured enough profit to prepare for what’s next, so there’s no need to worry.”
To prepare for what’s next…?
Kojima: “I can’t say anything since it’s still in the planning stages, but we’re doing various work behind the scenes. Just recently, a big project fell apart, so I’m a bit upset about that (laughs). Well, that sort of thing happens often in this industry.”
Do you know anything about recent rumors to acquire the copyrights to Metal Gear Solid and P.T.?
Kojima: “Ah, that’s completely false. I haven’t heard anything about it at least (laughs).”
In our review for Death Stranding, Tuffcub wrote:
Death Stranding is like nothing I have ever played; beautiful, heart racing, heart breaking, frustrating, epic, stunning, and utterly nuts. I laughed, I cried, I cursed, and I went to the toilet an awful lot. Death Stranding isn’t just my Game of the Year, it’s a contender for Game of the Generation too.
You can read the full Death Stranding review here.