Kojima in supporting role for Enders Project

Torn over graphical style: otaku-pleasing anime or photo-realistic sci-fi?

Zone of the Enders creator Hideo Kojima has revealed he will take a supporting role on the recently-teased ZOE sequel, code-named "Enders Project".

Kojima will serve as a producer on the project due to his ongoing work on the under-wraps "Project Ogre".

"Since I am currently in beta on Project Ogre, I became the producer for the Ender's Project," Kojima wrote on Twitter (via gematsu. "From the start of the plan, it was clear I was just support. In reality, the game design, script, production, level design, etc. were all supervised by other staff. Even when I tried to force myself into things, I didn't have any success."

Kojima explained that, as producer, he now has to balance the need to sell more copies with his personal desires for how the game should look.

"As a producer, it's necessary to think about whether it'll sell or won't sell. You can't budget without assuming market conditions and how many will sell," Kojima tweeted.

"The most important part is whether or not I can actually make what I intend. Is it better to make the next one anime style and satisfy the otaku part of my soul? Or satisfy the sci-fi part of my soul and make it photo realistic?

"The creators of Gundam, Akira and Evangelion were heavily influenced by various works from in and outside the country. Japanese creators who have an otaku and sci-fi soul use this combination technique to create and put out anime like that."

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