Famed video game developer Hideo Kojima has shared his thoughts on the recently-released Twelve Minutes, admitting he’s enjoying the game so much that he lost track of time while playing. Twelve Minutes has some of Hollywood’s biggest names starring in it, and has been impressing players with its unique gameplay and style.
Twelve Minutes is the latest release from publisher Annapurna Interactive. The game, developed by Luis Antonio, released earlier this week and is already becoming a must-play title. Twelve Minutes is an interactive top-down thriller about a man trapped in a time loop, and takes place within a single apartment. A romantic evening at home turns hellish when a police detective breaks in, accuses the main character of murder, and kills him. Players are tasked with using their knowledge of the situation to change the outcome and break the Twelve Minutes loop.
Over on Twitter Hideo Kojima is no stranger to sharing his thoughts on video game and movie releases, and his latest appreciation for media shows the developer is having a lot of fun with Twelve Minutes. “It’s great!” Kojima told his followers in a thread, “I lost track of time and just played it for about four hours!” Praising the game’s sense of style and sharing some in-game images from the title, Kojima added that he hadn’t been this into a game since 2016’s indie hit, Inside. As one of the most respected developers in gaming, Kojima’s high praise of the title will likely get even more players into the game.
Kojima also went on to discuss the intelligence behind the game design, comparing it to Amiga games he’s played in the past and encouraging players not to be put off by the top-down view and the controls. The developer also said he’s scared of Dafoe’s visit, referencing actor Willem Dafoe who features in Twelve Minutes alongside other big-name actors Daisy Ridley and James McAvoy. While Kojima hadn’t completed the game at the time of the tweets, it’s likely the creator will share his final thoughts when he’s beaten the game. Kojima and his development studio Kojima Productions are currently preparing for the release of the Death Stranding Director’s Cut, which releases on PS5 on September 24. Hopefully, the busy launch period won’t cut into Kojima’s free gaming hours.
Thriller fans looking to try and best the Twelve Minutes time loop – and find out why Kojima is afraid of Willem Dafoe – can pick up the game on Steam or on Xbox, with Twelve Minutes also available via Xbox Game Pass. The title’s inclusion with the subscription service is expected to bolster its success, with players able to try the game included as part of the cost of the service. Twelve Minutes is one of many day one Xbox Game Pass releases in 2021, with titles including Forza Horizon 5 coming at launch later this year.