Hideo Kojima, the renowned game designer and creator of the immensely popular action title Death Stranding, announced his new game called OD, or Overdose, which he is creating in partnership with Oscar-winning writer and actor Jordan Peele.
The game was announced during The Game Awards 2023 with a brief teaser trailer, and from the looks of it, the gaming experience is going to be horrifying. Kojima has now revealed that “master in his craft” writer Peele isn’t the only one working on the project, as he is collaborating with other creative storytellers as well.
Hideo Kojima Has Seven Samurai Working on OD Alongside Jordan Peele
The teaser trailer for OD/Overdose released during The Game Awards 2023 and featured actors Hunter Schafer from Euphoria, Sophia Lillis from Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, and Udo Kier from Flesh for Frankenstein, reciting, “The hungry purple dinosaur ate the kind, zingy fox, the jabbering crab, and the mad whale and started vending and quacking.”
Sophia Lillis later screams, with the trailer abruptly ending and leaving the audience with several questions with the tagline “For All Players And Screamers.” It’s unclear what she saw, but it seems like the game will be full of screams and truly scary experiences.
Kojima revealed that he is working with Jordan Peele on the game but left out the details on whether the writer-actor will be just writing the story of the game or will also take up acting. Kojima has now revealed that Peele isn’t the only creative he is working on the project with; there will also be other “creative storytellers” working on the project. Kojima revealed this with an X/Twitter post:
In addition to Jordan Peele, I will be working with a variety of creative storytellers on the OD Project. Over the past few years, I have traveled the world like Takashi Shimura in search of the “Seven Samurai”.
Kojima here is referring to the 1954 Japanese movie Seven Samurai and actor Takashi Shimura, where the actor gathers six samurai men to deal with bandits, and the movie was a critical success. That’s not the case here, but Kojima seems to be working on Overdose with all his dedication and with the best creative people from the industry.
Although Kojima did not reveal any names, it is expected, or rather speculated, that the giant of the horror genre, Guillermo Del Toro, could also be involved. Guillermo Del Toro’s name is connected with the project since he was the main collaborator of Kojima while he was working on the now-canceled Silent Hill game, which released just a playable teaser P.T. in 2014.
Overdose also shares some similarities with the canceled Silent Hill project, such as the empty corridor and the slowly opening door reflected in the character’s eyes. Gamers are speculating that Kojima and company will be taking on the game with something similar but more scary and immersive than what they would do with Silent Hill. The description for the game reads:
A Hideo Kojima game, OD explores the concept of testing your fear threshold, and what it means to OD on fear — while blurring the boundaries of gaming and film.
The game is being developed by Kojima Productions and Xbox Game Studios for one-of-a-kind horror experiences for players and will be using the cloud gaming technology of the Xbox Studios to develop the game.
During the presentation, Kojima added that the game is going to be a completely new experience for the players, as it will be a kind of game but also a film, which sounds exciting. No other details have been revealed about the game as of now, but we can expect to hear more in the coming future, possibly with the names of other actors and collaborators on the project.