Jordan Peele and Hideo Kojima are collaborating on a video game, bringing the two iconic authors together for the first time. It’s safe to say that no one predicted this.
The unlikely duo announced their new game FROM during The Game Awards on Thursday night. Kojima is a well-known and widely respected figure at such events, having designed the first Metal gear and directed most of the titles in the series. However, Peele’s dramatic entrance to the soundtrack of his 2019 horror film Us it was an unexpected surprise.
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“From the first moment I played Metal Gear Solid 2 I knew I was experiencing the work of an artist whose craft was different,” Peele said. “He was an inspiration to me and the opportunity to collaborate with him is truly amazing.”
“In my film, I always try to maximize immersion [and] put the audience in the shoes of the main character. Hideo is the master of this and he does it at a very “lower level”. And what he’s cooking up here is completely immersive, completely terrifying, and it’s an absolute honor to collaborate with the GOAT.”
Kojima was similarly lauded, calling Peele a “genius” and saying he was a “huge fan.”
Developed by Kojima Productions and published by Xbox Game Studios, FROM intends to explore “the concept of testing your fear threshold and what it means FROM of fear.”
A few more details have been released about FROMbut we do know that the game will feature Sophia Lillis (It, Sharp objects), Hunter Shaffer (EuphoriaThe Hunger Games: A Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents), and Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Shortening). Digital recreations of the three actors appeared in a short teaser trailer, repeating nonsensical phrases and becoming increasingly upset.
Kojima also sought to challenge the conventions of video games as a medium, just as he set out to invent a new gaming genre with 2019. Death Stranding.
“It’s a game, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also a movie, [and] at the same time, a new form of media,” Kojima said, speaking through a translator.
While Peele’s involvement is exciting enough, Kojima also teases the man behind it Get out and no may not be the only major creative to join him FROM.
“It’s not just Jordan,” Kojima said. “I have other creative, collaborative partners with me on this project. I can’t say exactly who they are right now, but I’m telling you, they’re the legends and they’re going to be amazing.”
No release date has been announced yet.