Hideo Kojima took the stage at Sony’s behest to unveil his newest title, which remains entirely a mystery save for the fact that it will contain Norman Reedus and that its name is Death Stranding. 

With decades of experience working at Konami, and having helmed a highly successful franchise in Metal Gear Solid, his own family wanted him out to retire so that he could do as he pleased. However, Kojima has done the exact opposite of that, having decided with renewed focus to develop games because it is exactly what he wants to do. Having made a successful appearance at E3, Kojima described how meeting with creators and players has confirmed his interests in staying within the gaming industry.

It’s been two years since the last time I was here, but it definitely feels like it’s been ten years. E3 is a location where there are a lot of players and a lot of creators, so it’s a special time and I feel good being back, being able to feel that sensation. Last year, because of different circumstances, I wasn’t able to come.

I’m also getting old and my family has been telling me to retire and do what I want. In the end, I want to make games, I want to make something fun. I like to share that with players. After all of that, I’m able to come back here, and being out there with everyone, I feel like I made the right choice.