Get ready to dive into the world of high-tech espionage with “Physint,” the latest brainchild of legendary game creator Hideo Kojima. Announced during the first State of Play event of 2024, Physint is poised to be PlayStation 6’s answer to the iconic Metal Gear Solid series. At 60 years young, Kojima took the stage and pledged to elevate the gaming experience to staggering new heights with his fresh action and espionage saga.
The unveiling of “Physint,” which is a temporary title, marks the third original IP from Kojima Productions since the studio’s inception. This completely novel action and espionage title will be reinventing the genre for next-gen gaming. Assembled with state-of-the-art technology and a constellation of top-notch talents from the film and video game industries across the globe, “Physint” is being designed as an interactive experience. Yet, it’s so advanced in its narrative, visuals, cast, performances, costumes, and soundscape that it straddles the line between a blockbuster movie and a video game.
Now, let’s peek into the crystal ball and speculate on when PlayStation 6 might grace our living rooms. History reveals a pattern—Sony has never let more than seven years pass without introducing a successor to their existing console. Starting with the original PlayStation in 1994, each subsequent console—PlayStation 2 in 2000, PlayStation 3 in 2006, PlayStation 4 in 2013, and the current PlayStation 5 in 2020—followed in a steady cadence. By this logic, it’s reasonable to pencil in the arrival of the PlayStation 6 around 2027.
Considering Hideo Kojima’s track record with game development, a bit of patience might be required. From the debut of Metal Gear Solid in 1998 to each of its sequels, the creation process spanned from three to seven years. Post-Kojima’s departure from Konami and his first independent title, Death Stranding, in 2019, the sequel Death Stranding 2: On the Beach is expected in 2025, a six-year gap. Meanwhile, his Xbox exclusive game OD, announced in 2022, has yet to secure a release date. So we might be earmarking Physint as a grand release planned for around 2030, by which time the PlayStation 6 will likely reign supreme in our entertainment setups.
What exactly does “Physint” entail? We’re still in the dark, but it signifies Kojima’s triumphant return to the genre that shot him to stardom—this time without the constraints of Konami or the presence of the iconic Snake. Partnering again with Sony, Kojima envisions a project that blurs the lines between cinematic storytelling and interactive gameplay. He describes it using phrases like “cutting-edge technology,” “next generation,” and “the pinnacle of digital entertainment.” Notably, it’s also the first game announced for the PlayStation 6, indicating that even at 66, Kojima will still be pushing the boundaries of creativity, merging what some may call madness with undeniable genius.
As teased by Kojima himself on Twitter, “Physint” will offer a groundbreaking “Action Espionage” experience, developed with the most advanced tech and international talent. So brace yourself for an adventure that promises to redefine what we’ve come to expect from video games—and perhaps movies too.