This artist has blended Kojima’s latest work with one of his earliest.
Say what you like about Hideo Kojima’s games, they always seem to have a distinct visual style. The characters we’ve seen from Death Stranding, for example, are almost immediately recognizable as Kojima designs. And yet, perhaps his boldest and most distinct visual style is still found in the PS1-era sci-fi adventure game, Policenauts.
Despite never officially releasing in the West, Policenauts has garnered cult-classic status. It isn’t hard to see why. Much of the imagery from the game is as stunning today as it was 25 years ago. Check out some images from the game below. I mean, talk about your aesthetics–it may not be Akira, but it’s certainly playing in the same ballpark.
Recently, Amos Sorri (who directed and starred in the web series Silent Hill – The Promise, by the way) put together an image that merges the style of Policenauts with the characters from Kojima’s latest project, Death Stranding. The artwork features the apparent protagonist of Death Stranding, Sam, as well as the masked and enigmatic Die-Hardman. The result is an alluring blend of new and old.
— ソリ・アモス / Amos Sorri (@AmosSorri) July 29, 2019
It’s strange, but this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Death Stranding reimagined as a PS1-era game. It would seem that there is an indelible link between Kojima and the mid-90s. This is perhaps due to the fact that the best game he ever made was the 1998 release, Metal Gear Solid.
An English translation of Policenauts has been available for download since 2009. You can find it here. Death Stranding, meanwhile, will release on PS4 on November 8 this year. Maybe then we’ll have a better understanding of what it is about, though I wouldn’t count on it.