Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima has been awarded a Guinness World Record for social media following.
Guinness World Records named the acclaimed game director, 56, the most followed video game director on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday (November 9) just one day after the release of his polarising PlayStation 4 game Death Stranding.
In a Tweet sharing a video of Kojima earning the title, the Guinness World Records’ official Twitter account revealed that Kojima’s English Twitter account is now a record holder for the most followers on Twitter for a video game director and the most followers on Instagram.
At the time of writing, Hideo Kojima’s English Twitter account (HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) has 2.8 million followers and his Instagram account (hideo_kojima) has 926,000 followers, a sharp increase in followers since Guinness verified the followers and since publications first ran news of the award.
Guinness World Records ignored Kojima’s Japanese Twitter account which, at the time of writing, has 814,100 followers because it only focuses on a single account across each platform.
Kojima celebrated the achievement by sharing an image of the awards to his Japanese Twitter account and retweeted it on his English account. As of November 11th, the tweet has over 19,200 likes and has been retweeted over 2,900 times.
The game creator’s video game studio Kojima Productions also tweeted out in celebration of the award, sharing an image of Kojima with the awards along with the text: “Hideo Kojima receives the Guinness World Records, for the most followed game director on Twitter and Instagram”.
Death Stranding’s PS4 Release
Death Stranding released last week on PlayStation 4 and has managed to divide players through its gameplay and narrative. Many players and critics have criticised the game’s gameplay for being “frustrating” and “boring” while others have described the video game as being addicting and fun.
In a recent interview with Italian website TGCom24, the game developer addressed the game’s reviews, saying: “I have to say that the game received enthusiastic reviews, especially in Europe and Japan. Here in the United States, on the other side, we had stronger criticism.
“Maybe this is a game that is difficult to understand for a certain type of critic or audience. Americans are big fans of first-person shooters and Death Stranding is not, it is flying higher.”
He continued: “I always try to create new things and disputes and discussions are fine, but it must be said that the Italians or the French have a different artistic sensibility that allows them to appreciate this kind of very original products.”
Meanwhile, Kojima has been touring the world in promotion of the video game. When he stopped by the UK last week, the video game creator revealed in a BBC interview that his production studio was going to focus more on creating films rather than video games as streaming becomes more popular.
More recently, 505 Games announced that it will be publishing Death Stranding on PC for both Steam and the Epic Games Store in early 2020.
Photo credit; Hideo Kojima Instagram
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