Game News To save money on the electricity bill, Kojima told the developers of this legendary title not to work at night
Published on 09/12/2023 at 5:15 p.m.
Hideo Kojima recently looked back on his career, revealing some new information, and notably talked about the decision he made to save money.
Metal Gear Solid is one of the most cult video games in history, and it celebrated its 25 ans ! Yes, this iconic license blew out its candles on September 3, the date on which the first opus saw the light of day for the first time in Japan. On the European side, it appeared on February 26, 1999.
This is the title that made known Hideo Kojima, so to mark this anniversary, the Japanese video game developer and creator spoke on X (formerly named Twitter). Some details about the classic Metal Gear Solid have been revealed, including information on behind the scenes at the time, i.e. in the 90s.
Do not work at night to save money
On the official English account of Hideo Kojimaa long message was published to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the famous Japanese franchise. He spoke about his role at the time, and the difficulties the company encountered.
MGS1 was a major turning point for me. Not only was it the first major PlayStation game to be released worldwide, but it was also a major change in terms of production. Although I had previously planned, written, designed, and directed the game, my superiors had been responsible… pic.twitter.com/WdgtLvdQTX
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 3, 2023
MGS1 was a major turning point for me. Not only is it the first major PlayStation game to be released worldwide, it is also a major change in terms of production. Although I had already planned, written, designed and directed the game, my superiors were responsible for production, I did not have the authority to make decisions regarding platforms, budgets, release dates, promotions, the hiring of staff, the participation of external creators, etc. When is it effective to sell? How much would be enough to make a profit? How to sell?
Later, he said he participated in the management of the company, and thus made radical decisions to help resolve financial problems. This is the reason why he decided to no longer have employees work at night to save money on the electricity bill.
So, in 1996, when they established a production subsidiary in Ebisu, I participated in the management of the company. MGS1 was the first work I produced on my own. To reduce the monthly electricity bill, I asked the company to stop working at night.
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