Hideo Kojima’s family has been telling him to retire from games development – but he chose not to due to his passion for games.
Speaking to GameSpot, Kojima explained that it had been two years since he last visited E3, “but it definitely feels like it’s been ten years”.
“E3 is a location where there are a lot of players and a lot of creators,” he said, “so it’s a special time and I feel good being back, being able to feel that sensation. Last year, because of different circumstances, I wasn’t able to come.
“I’m also getting old and my family has been telling me to retire and do what I want. In the end, I want to make games, I want to make something fun. I like to share that with players. After all of that, I’m able to come back here, and being out there with everyone, I feel like I made the right choice.”
Born in 1963, Kojima left Konami late last year after spending 19 years at the company. During his tenure he created the Metal Gear Solid series and worked on multiple other games, including Zone of the Enders and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
While the circumstances surrounding his departure have never been fully revealed, it followed months after an alleged “power struggle” between Konami and his studio Kojima Productions was brought to light. Kojima’s name was also removed from the box art of his latest game Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and the branding of previous titles in the Metal Gear Solid series.
Following his departure, Kojima re-launched Kojima Productions as an independent studio and signed a deal with Sony to bring his next title, Death Stranding, to PS4.
A release date for Death Stranding has yet to be announced.