Veteran designer Hideo Kojima has expressed a keen interest in cloud streaming technology.
Speaking to Nikkei Business (via Variety), the Metal Gear maker believed that previous attempts to kick-start cloud gaming failed not because of the technology, but because there was no “phenomenon” to build excitement.
Cloud gaming experienced a boom around 4, 5 years ago, but there was no phenomenon carrying it,” said Kojima. “Many say it’ll end in failure, but I think it didn’t work out because the technology wasn’t advanced enough.”
These are still concerns for the current generation of streaming tech - Microsoft has claimed that no matter how impressive Google Stadia may be, it’ll live or die on its content catalogue. But Kojima is optimistic, believing the tech will open up new opportunities for developers.
“Now that 5G has launched, we’ll see a huge shift to cloud gaming during the next five years. Entertainment as a whole will change and allow more liberty.”
It’s unclear whether Kojima’s next big project, Death Stranding, will build on cloud gaming technology, but the creator claimed that his team will be doing something big with streaming in the coming years.
“We’ll start seeing completely different games these next five years as 5G spreads. There’s one big thing I have in mind related to streaming as well. I can’t say anything more as I don’t want to spoil though.”