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Hideo Kojima Reveals Full Screenshot of Company's Mascot

Jack Gardner



It turns out the helmet with a skull that has served as Kojima Productions' logo for the past several months is now a fully realized character. Kojima has been saying that fans of Uncharted will love his studio's mysterious first title, but otherwise remained relatively tight-lipped on the specifics of what the game is going to be like. However, we might have some of our first hard data about the upcoming title.  


Hideo Kojima tweeted out images of the fully realized version of the helmet-skull character from the Kojima Productions logo. Initially dubbed Ludence on Twitter, Kojima has also called the character Ludens leading to some confusion as to the actual name of the character. In his series of reveal tweets, Kojima stated, "LUDENS, the icon of Kojima Productions. We'll deliver THE NEW PLAY in THE NEW FUTURE with the cutting-edge equipment, technology, & the frontier spirit. The gear he's wearing is the extra-vehicular activity(EVA) creative suit."




"I won’t say that it’s an open-world title, but those that enjoy playing today’s AAA titles such as The Division and Uncharted will be able to play it smoothly," said Kojima in an interview with Famitsu "Some parts are very new, so I’ll need to experiment with it. When it gets announced some may think that it’s not as way-out as they had expected, but I’m sure they’ll understand once they play it.”


Extrapolating from the full image and Kojima's earlier comments, we might be able to glean some information on the upcoming title from the creator of Metal Gear Solid. Keep in mind pretty much all of this is speculation. If Ludence/Ludens is indeed more than a mascot and instead a full character from Kojima Productions' game, the presence of an EVA-skull-man would mean we are going to be getting into some solidly sci-fi territory (which should be no surprise given the plot of the Metal Gear Solid series and Zone of the Enders). The need for an EVA in the first place implies that the setting is either a highly irradiated Earth or on another inhospitable planet. Given that Kojima refers to it as a "creative suit," that could mean we are in for some kind of crafting or base-building. The comparison to The Division might imply some integrated multiplayer aspect to the title, while Uncharted seems to imply third-person action. 


Even if all of that conjecture leads nowhere, Ludence/Ludens and crumbs Kojima let fall in interviews have ignited quite a bit of interest in Kojima Productions and their unannounced game.

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I'd support this new project for sure, though I wasn't the biggest fan of The Division. I was really hoping for a new survival horror type of game, since that market is so shallow. Regardless, I'm excited to see this new title!

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Gah! Super exciting!

That's a pretty awesome character design, and Kojima's hints definitely have me intrigued.

I can't wait to hear more as it's released.

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