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Kojima: Shinki Mikami Is One Of Japan’s Few “Real Creators”
During a dual Famitsu interview (translated by Kotaku) with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Koima and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, the former was full of praise towards Mikami’s approach on game development. Though, Mikami also had a few positive remarks for Kojima as well.
Mikami said, “[Mr. Kojima] is the game creator representative of Japan. I truly admire him.” Kojima the joked that, “We’re both crotchety old men,” before adding, “Mr. Mikami fights to make the games he wants to make. I believe he is one of Japan’s few real ‘creators.'”
Later in the interview Mikami was asked about what he thinks of the current state of horror games, in which he said he feels they rely too heavily on action tropes.
“Looking at current survival horror games as entertainment, I feel they lean too heavily on action, he said. About his upcoming horror game, The Evil Within, he said, “I thought that I wanted to make a game that would stand up on both the fear as horror and on the enjoyment as a game.”
He also gave a short glimpse into what it takes to make a great horror game.
“With the hardware specs we have now, it’s possible to put a whole lot of information into the background, so creators have a tendency to develop a ‘gap-phobia,'” Mikami said. “But if there’s too much information, even if the atmosphere is scary, you don’t know where to focus on. A single chair sitting in a white room can often be scarier.”
The Evil Within will release on October 14 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.