Yesterday, Hideo Kojima went on his Spotify podcast to speak in regards to the controversy surrounding Blue Field Recreation Studios. He mentioned that followers had been nonetheless harassing him over the unfounded rumors that he was engaged on a brand new Silent Hill sport, and that he had no involvement with the studio. As we speak, the builders thanked Kojima for publicly dismissing the rumors, most likely as a result of they too have obtained their share of demise threats from offended followers. It seems, not all publicity is nice publicity.
It began final yr when Blue Field Recreation Studios tweeted a teaser of their present sport challenge Deserted, a horror sport for the PlayStation 5. It was so cryptic it led many followers to imagine that they had been engaged on the subsequent Silent Hill sport. The Kojima connection got here later, when followers realized that he shared the identical initials as the sport director, Hasan Kahraman. This coincidence, mixed with a Kojima tweet that included the phrases “silent” and “hill,” led some to conclude that the 2 administrators had been one and the identical. It didn’t assist that Kojima had beforehand invented a faux studio so as to prank the Steel Gear Strong neighborhood. The general public anticipation for this rumor grew so uncontrolled that Kahraman needed to present his face to show that he wasn’t Kojima. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop individuals from sending demise threats to Blue Field Recreation Studios. Kotaku reached out to ask if the studio was nonetheless fielding demise threats, however didn’t obtain a response by the point of publication.
Though Kojima wasn’t accountable for what occurred, he’s nonetheless incurring some blowback from the incident. “Customers simply saved sending me footage of this Hasan. They nonetheless ship me collages and deep faux pictures. Like 20 a day. It’s actually fairly a nuisance,” he instructed Geoff Keighley on the Mind Construction podcast. “This has been occurring for nearly two years [sic] now.”
As irritating as it might have been for him, Kojima didn’t appear upset at Kahraman for what had occurred. “Now that there’s a buzz and issues have gone viral, it is best to make the most of it. If you happen to create one thing good and share it with everybody,” he mentioned. “Pretend information is a nasty factor. However now that we’ve each gained consideration from all of this, let’s increase morale and create one thing good.”
As we speak, Blue Field Recreation Studios thanked Kojima for talking up in regards to the controversy. In addition they reassured followers that the sport was nonetheless in growth.
The final time we heard about Deserted, it appeared there was a reasonably good probability that the sport had been… deserted. However so long as the sport is caught in publicity limbo, Kojima will doubtless proceed to get bizarre emails a few man he’s by no means met. So for each of their sakes, I hope that Deserted is coming to the PlayStation quickly.