American manga publisher and anime distributor Viz Media has announced this fall it will be releasing a collection of essays about legendary video game creator Hideo Kojima and also an Animal Crossing manga.
The Creative Gene: How Books, Movies, and Music Inspired The Creator of Death Stranding and Metal Gear Solid–yes, that’s the full title–will be published on October 12. While much of the book’s focus is right there in the title, the publisher further elaborates that the book will be a collection of essays that “explore some of the inspirations behind one of the titans of the video game industry, and offers an exclusive insight into one of the brightest minds of pop culture.”
What makes The Creative Gene truly special is its essays come directly from Kojima himself, and will offer his “opinions and reviews of significant films, books, and music in his own words.” The book will also feature a special conversation with popular Japanese musician Gen Hoshino, whose hit song “Pop Virus” is featured in the unique 2019 game . In the meantime, will be released February 23 on Amazon.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Vol. 1 Deserted Island Diary, due out on September 14, is Nintendo’s first official book on its popular game of the same name. The book is a Toy Story-like manga that will answer the question: “What do the villagers of get up to when you’re not around?” The book will also offer “tips and tricks for playing the game in a special bonus section.” As the release sharing this announcement correctly indicates, “since its March 2020 release, [Animal Crossing: New Horizons] has become synonymous with virtual life during the global pandemic.”
Viz Media also recently announced a collaboration with Ubisoft to deliver a new manga titled . That book, which was recently released, extends the story of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.