Castlevania dev feeling the pressure from Hideo Kojima
- Posted September 3rd, 2009 at 16:31 EDT by Michael Harradence
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.