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Kojima reveals OD, an immersive horror game collab with Jordan Peele

The Death Stranding gamemaker unveiled a scream-worthy teaser at The Game Awards

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

Hideo Kojima finally gets to make his horror game. On Thursday night at The Game Awards, Kojima took the stage to reveal OD, a brand-new horror game that will star Sophia Lillis, Hunter Schafer, and Udo Kier. (While Margaret Qualley, the actor whom Kojima worked with for Death Stranding, was previously rumored to be in the game, she did not appear in the trailer.) OD, which was dubbed Overdose in rumors earlier this summer, is supposedly a third-person survival horror game — but Kojima was tight-lipped on what his cryptic teaser was actually teasing.

“I really like challenging new things, groundbreaking things, that’s my kind of rule,” Kojima said on The Game Awards stage via a translator. “But this one, with the help of Xbox Game Studios and their cloud gaming technology, I am kinda doing this… it’s really to make immersive… something no one has done before. It is a game, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a movie. A new form of media.”

Udo Kier in the trailer for OD Image: The Game Awards/Twitch

One thing Kojima was willing to reveal beyond the cast of OD was that this will be a collaboration with a filmmaker he deeply admires: Jordan Peele. The Nope director took the stage alongside Kojima to confirm he was collaborating with the gamemaker on OD, and that he was completely in awe of what they were cooking up. “I just want to stress,” he said, “What this man is building here is unlike any other game.”

OD does not have a release date, but expect plenty more reveals — including additional collaborators. According to Kojima, Peele isn’t the only big name creative involved with the project. There are more “legends” working with Kojima on the immersive hybrid, a team he has dubbed “The Avengers.”

Hideo Kojima and Jordan Peele on stage at The Game Awards 2023 Image: The Game Awards/Twitch

Kojima himself has long expressed a desire to work in the horror genre, particularly on the Silent Hill franchise when he was at Konami. The previous iteration of Kojima Productions at Konami developed P.T., the playable teaser demo for Silent Hills, a planned sequel/series reboot that was ultimately canceled in 2015.

OD will be Kojima Productions’ second game. The studio, founded by Kojima Productions and other former Konami employees in 2015, released its debut title, Death Stranding, for PlayStation 4 in 2019. The studio released a port of the game for PC in 2020, and a Director’s Cut version for PlayStation 5 in 2021.

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