Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to release soon and conclude the Skywalker Saga, which means that the cast and crew are doing the usual promotional rounds both stateside and internationally. It would appear that at some point during this, director J.J. Abrams and Poe Dameron actor Oscar Isaac visited Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions, and more specifically met with Hideo Kojima himself. Abrams was, of course, already familiar with the man, but he's gone on the record now to call Kojima a "master of the form" of combining the fun of a game with "the satisfaction of a narrative story."
Abrams, in a recent interview with IGN, discussed the ways in which narrative and games intersect, and more specifically how Kojima has done so throughout his career as a designer. The full interview is worth a watch, but, as noted above, the most interesting takeaway is how Abrams refers to Kojima as a "master of the form" at the end of it.
"The dream, though, is that the storyteller, the game designer, the filmmaker, they actually have a secret, more important thing that they're also doing," Abrams said after talking about how the main aspect of a game isn't always its only one. "That there's actually another layer, another reason for the thing to exist. Another message that they're trying to express. And when something is made great, with that intention, I think it resonates, and it has a power that's greater than just the thing that you think it is."
"If there's an intention that goes deeper in the creation, it's felt in the playing," he added. "The idea that you can combine both, and he's done this before, and is clearly doing it again, telling a great story and doing it in an interactive medium, it's a tightrope. It's a very challenging thing. But if there is a master of the form, of taking what is the fun of a game, but the satisfaction of a narrative story, you know combine those together into one piece, that master is Hideo Kojima."
J.J. Abrams and Oscar Isaac visited Kojima Productions. pic.twitter.com/XBmLzkcOTZ— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 9, 2019
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