Hideo Kojima ‘Applauded’ After He Slated Battle Royale Games Like Fortnite

Hideo Kojima received a warm reception when he fired out a shot at battle royale titles like Fortnite.

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con featuring Geoff Keighley and Nicolas Winding Refn, the Death Stranding director called out Epic Games’ online title and others like it as a way to make easy money.

“The easiest way to make money is to make a game where everyone is on an island trying to shoot each other,” the Japanese developer said.

“I don’t want to make that.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter’s Patrick Shanley, Kojima received a ‘big applause’ from the audience.

Fortnite, which launched in 2017, has become an online phenomenon, attracted more than 200 million players worldwide and earned a record $2.4bn in 2018.

Epic Games’ free-to-play title is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, macOS and iOS and Android devices.

Kojima, 55, also revealed during the panel that he snubbed the recommendation from Winding Refn, who plays Heartman in Death Stranding, to cast Keanu Reeves for his action title in favor of landing Mads Mikkelsen.

And the Metal Gear Solid creator also dropped the official box art for Death Stranding and revealed that ‘A Hideo Kojima Game’ would return on the cover.

Death Stranding will launch on November 8 exclusively for PS4.

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