Castlevania dev feeling the pressure from Hideo Kojima
- Posted September 3rd, 2009 at 16:31 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 21 Comments
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow producer Dave Cox has spilled the beans in regards to Hideo Kojima’s involvement in the development of the hotly anticipated franchise reboot.
According to Cox, while Kojima-san affords the development team total creative freedom in which to do what they please, he’s still in overall charge of the project, and as a result frequently chips in with technical advice and suggestions as to where to take the game’s storyline.
"He's basically overall in charge of the project, Cox told VideoGamer. "I report to him. He's not involved in the day-to-day development of the game. That's my role. I'm working with MercurySteam very closely. I'm in Spain pretty much all of the time these days. But he's lending support, advice, not just technical advice, but advice on story elements - maybe you want to try doing this, maybe you want to move it in this direction. At the same time he's being quite hands off. He's allowing us the creativity and freedom to do what we want, but he feels that the game needs to be at a certain level, a certain quality.”
“Putting the Kojima Productions name to it means we have to achieve that. So he's helping us, and his team are helping us. Some of his team guys are at MercurySteam working on the project as well. So it's more like Del Toro comes along every now and then, works with a young Spanish director, he wants to give him a leg up, wants to help him. He might help him with advice, might help him with some of the story direction, but essentially he's the top guy. I have to send him builds, I have to keep him up to date on what's going on."
Cox added that Kojima-san also pops in from time to time to visit the studio and see how things are progressing, heaping substantial pressure on the team to deliver a quality product.
"… we're shitting ourselves! You got to make sure that the quality of what you deliver is very very high. You're constantly saying to yourself, is that really good enough? Is that really going to be good enough?" he said.
"It's funny, because sometimes you think, no, he's not going to like that and he loves it, and then other times you think, check this out, it's amazing, and he'll go, hmm don't know. It's shit. So it's swings and roundabouts."
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is due out next year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
- 11:34am EDT - September 3rd, 2009
Crack that whip Hideo
- 11:41am EDT - September 3rd, 2009
must be nice to have the master helping out, I hope they keep the series serious, then I'm sure were all in for the good stuff.
- 11:47am EDT - September 3rd, 2009
I thought the trailer for this looked brilliant, and that was before I knew Kojima had a hand in it. Castlevania should be amazing!!
- 11:51am EDT - September 3rd, 2009
he better not put a million long useless cut scenes and gay humor in the first good console castlevania game in a long while
- 11:52am EDT - September 3rd, 2009
Keep your pimp hand strong Kojima.
- 12:15pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
baka-san is in overall charge of the project? mark my words...... this game WILL suck...... BADLY
- 12:23pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
As long as the vampire hunter doesn't sneak around in a cardboard box, I say let Hideo reign.
- 3:22pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
Sorry guys, I know everyone here loves Kojima and I probably get flammed for saying this but if he is helping with the story line then #@$@#%... MGS games are awesome games in terms of graphics, gamplay, etc, etc... I specially love 2 and 4, but story line? common people! it is really bad, worst than melrose place.... complicate, stupid, extremely long cutscenes that do not develop and go over the same stupid concepts over and over, estremely gay (not in the new derogatory sence everyone is using, but in the sexually non straight sence), etc, etc...
So great if he is helping them make Castelvania a great quality game technically speaking but please do not let him turn this game into another melrose place for PS3...
- 4:38pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
nice slap it hard lol
- 4:51pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
throw it down big man throw it dowwwwn.
- 7:28pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
- 7:53pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
wow, there are some haters of Kojima out there?! I guess there has to be
- 9:00pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
@8......care for a friendly fist fight???????!!!!!!
- 11:18pm EDT - September 3rd, 2009
Funny how its ok to publish the word s**t, but we cant quote it in comments or have free speech. kinda bulls**t a bit.
- 4:29am EDT - September 4th, 2009
@ 8 - Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that not everyone loves Kojima or feels that his stories lack a certain je ne sais quoi. However, if you're going to make an attempt at attacking someone who is known for their perfectionist attitude you may want to consider pickin gup a dictionary. In all honesty, you might wan tto consider going back to school and re-learning how to spell...and in some case, what the word actually is. (i cite "specially" as my main gripe here...the word is especially).
With regards to the game, if Kojima hadn't been mentioned as The boss for this game, everyone would have been raving about it. But because there are people who don't like the work, innovation or level of quality that Kojima and his team have brought to the industry, they have already started to rail on the game.
How about we all do something novel and wait until we've either played a demo or the finished product has been revealed before we start attempting to rip it apart.
Rant over, back to work.
- 4:29am EDT - September 4th, 2009
Well,if the MGS godfather is actually the guy who decides the quality bar,then this will be one heck of a Castlevania!
- 5:51am EDT - September 4th, 2009
This game looks like it's worth the waiting :)
- 6:53am EDT - September 4th, 2009
@8 kinda gree with you about story. However mgs3 had an awesome story and it wasn't to long winded, sure cutscenes long but they seemed like they meant something. The ending was just superb and everything about it was just great. Lets just hope he doesn't try to add a romance...
- 10:39am EDT - September 4th, 2009
@13: Sure, but no face punchs, I have a date tomorrow! :-)
@15: LOL, is that the best you can do to criticize my post? Man, I am posting a simple comment from my cellphone on a game forum so typos are common, it's not like I'm appliying for a job here... just looking at your post quickly I can see at least 3 typos too like the "...pinkin gup..." or "tto"...
@18: that's the only one I have not been able to play... but if that is the case then I will!
- 4:34pm EDT - September 5th, 2009
That's why Kojima is the best.
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