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Kojima's Mystical Quest: Cleansing Xbox with a Haunting Twist

In a twist befitting a Hideo Kojima creation, the renowned game designer has revealed an enchanting anecdote about the development of his upcoming Xbo...

Amy West Feb 09, 2024
Kojima's Mystical Quest: Cleansing Xbox with a Haunting Twist


In a twist befitting a Hideo Kojima creation, the renowned game designer has revealed an enchanting anecdote about the development of his upcoming Xbox horror game, OD. It turns out that Kojima took Xbox boss Phil Spencer and other members of the Microsoft gaming team on a mystical journey to a traditional Japanese purification ceremony. Yes, you read that correctly.

During the highly anticipated return of Kojima's HideoTube YouTube series, he briefly touched upon OD, or Overdose, as it's also known. While he remained tight-lipped about the game itself, Kojima did promise that information would be unveiled "gradually." However, what caught my attention was an instantly iconic photo he shared. The image featured Kojima, Spencer, and Xbox president Sarah Bond, all adorned with ceremonial sashes emblazoned with intricate Japanese text.

So, why this ceremony, you ask? According to Kojima, the nature of OD warranted a special cleansing ritual to ward off any lurking malevolent spirits. It's like the game needed an extra layer of protection, and what better way to achieve that than through an Oharai purification ceremony?

Now, for those unfamiliar with Oharai, it's a biannual ritual that aims to purify a large group of individuals for various reasons. In this case, Kojima strongly implies that the ceremony was performed to cleanse and purify his collaborative project with Xbox, OD. Given that OD is set to be a peculiar and spine-chilling horror experience, it's no wonder they sought supernatural assistance.

While the video didn't divulge much more about OD itself, we do know that the game will delve into the essence of fear and blur the boundaries between video games and movies—a trend Kojima seems to be embracing with OD, Death Stranding 2, and his recently announced untitled action-espionage game.

OD is just one of the many upcoming horror games that has us eagerly awaiting spine-tingling thrills. But with Kojima's mystical touch and a purification ceremony to banish evil, OD promises to be an experience like no other. Prepare yourself for a haunting journey that transcends the realms of gaming and enters the realm of the supernatural. Get ready to be cleansed and captivated by the enigma that is OD.