Hideo Kojima wanted to develop a game like The Boys, probably with fewer exploding genitals

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Hideo Kojima originally wanted to develop a game similar to Amazon's The Boys.

Over the past weekend, Kojima published the two tweets seen just below to his personal Twitter account. The Death Stranding director reveals that he's got back into watching The Boys as Season 3 rolls on, but also states that he originally wanted to develop a game similar in concept to The Boys back when it first began airing on Amazon in mid-2019.

Kojima reveals the game would've had a fairly similar premise: a leading character being integrated into a special detective squad, working behind the scenes to battle legendary heroes away from the public spotlight. Probably without all the drugs, abuse, and exploding people though, if we had to hazard a guess.

In any case, Kojima was thinking of Mads Mikkelsen as the potential lead for the game. What's interesting is that Kojima reveals he was planning this just a few months prior to Death Stranding shipping in late 2019, so this would've actually been his second project with Mikkelsen after the aforementioned game.

Ultimately though, it wasn't to happen: Kojima reveals he had to "put it on hold," chiefly because the "concept was similar" to that of The Boys. It seems as though Kojima opted instead to develop the Director's Cut edition of Death Stranding, with added story and gameplay mechanics, and is now moving onto his cloud-based project with Microsoft. Oh, and Norman Reedus claims that Death Stranding 2 is in development

Meanwhile, The Boys was renewed for Season 4 earlier this month following an explosive start to the ongoing Season 3. 

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.