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Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding art director ‘would like to design a car’

The art director of Metal Gear and Death Stranding would like to make a car. And not just drawing one that will be used in Kojima Productions’ next video game; a real car he can drive.

Renowned character designer and artist Yoji Shinkawa made the comments in a recent interview with Edge magazine (via VGC). When asked if he has any career goals that haven’t yet been achieved, Shinkawa responded in the most unexpected way.

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“One day I would like to design a car,” Shinkawa said. “A real car. It’s a long-standing ambition for me.”


This ambition was apparently born from another artist that Shinkawa admires. “Aaron Beck is a concept artist who builds and customizes the cars he designed,” Shinkawa explained. “Looking at model cars or planes and thinking, ‘Isn’t that something you drive on?’ and then building one in real life is such a large-scale project. I admire that.

Shinkawa hasn’t said exactly what style of car he would like to design. Death Stranding’s vehicles all look pretty industrial, while Metal Gear’s vehicles are either modern military equipment or futuristic mechas, making it hard to tell what kind of car Shinkawa has in mind.

Of course, Shinkawa is best known for his highly stylistic character designs, which have been used in Kojima games since Policenauts but also for the movie poster of Pacific Rim and Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles. Most recently, Shinkawa brought his skills to Magic: The Gathering’s latest expansion where he designed the art for a promo card.

In other Kojima-related news, Kojima Productions is said to remain independent even after studio head Hideo Kojima tweeted PlayStation logos. Fans thought this meant Kojima Productions would be the last studio acquisition for PlayStation, but Kojima said his company “has been and will continue to be an independent studio”.

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