Hideo Kojima is a Japanese video game designer, screenwriter, director, and producer. He is the founder and director of Kojima Productions, widely recognized as the auteur of the developer's creative works.
Death Stranding is his newest intellectual property, as well as his first creative work since his departure from Konami in July 2015. A noteworthy inspiration for Kojima's work on Death Stranding is that of Kōbō Abe's short novel Rope, which the director read in high school. The core keywords of the game – 'stick' and 'rope' – are said to originate from Abe's work.