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Kojima wanted Mads over Keanu for Death Stranding

Plus the developer revealed new details about his upcoming game, and took a cheeky potshot at the battle royale genre while he was at it.

This weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego Hideo Kojima was there to talk about his upcoming game, Death Stranding, and as you'd expect from the game developer, his appearance produced a few noteworthy moments.

First up was the news that Kojima told attendees of the Master Storyteller panel at Comic-Con that he was originally suggested Keanu Reeves for the headline role in his upcoming game, however the game maker had his heart set on Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. The rest, as they say, is history.

Film director Nicolas Winding Refn, who's playing a character called Heartman in Death Stranding, also joined Kojima on stage. During the exchanges that followed, Kojima told the assembled audience that he wanted to create something new and avoid well-worn ideas.

"There's no reason to create something that's already there," he said (via wccftech). "I want to create something that gives more inspiration to the world. Like Hollywood movies where some don't live with you, people just digest and consume. What I do is make something that's difficult to chow down when you digest my work.

"What happens when I release my game or when Nicolas releases a movie, we get criticism or praise. But you think about it ten years later, same as Bladerunner or 2001: Space Odyssey."

He went on to add: "When I first started my production, the easiest thing for me to do is make a game where everyone is on an island and shoots each other... Creativity is what moves civilisations forward. We're living in an era when algorithms dictate creativity that it becomes meaningless almost. It's important to counter that."

According to Kojima, Death Stranding is "is based on how you connect," which is an interesting response from a man who "started from scratch and was alone" after his split from Konami. We'll find out exactly what this enigmatic title is all about when it lands on PS4 on November 8.

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