Japanese game director Hideo Kojima has made no secret of his love of film and television, but one of his ideas for a game was shelved as it was too similar to Prime Video hit 'The Boys'.

The esteemed auteur, who blessed the world with the 'Metal Gear Solid' games, watched the first 3 episodes of the show, and nixed a planned game after he realised his idea was too similar to the superhero show.

Kojima regularly shares what he's watching on his Twitter page, and revealed that after watching the first few episodes of the show, he had to put a proposed project on hold.

"I watched a few episodes that were delivered at the time when I was about to start a project that I had been warming up for a long time and put on hold because the concept was similar," he said.

Per Kojima, his game would have focused around "a buddy (male/female) thing with a special detective squad facing off against legendary heroes behind the scenes," adding he "was thinking of Mads (Mikkelsen) as the lead.” 

'The Boys' showrunner Eric Kripke asked "please come make a 'The Boys' game. We can team up and conquer!", adding he was a "huge fan" of Kojima, with Homelander actor Antony Starr saying he was also in agreement.

Kojima is hard at work on a new project for Xbox, with his involvement with the company announced at the recent Xbox Games Showcase, and the auteur has teased he could be working on a sequel to his 2019 game 'Death Stranding'.

As for 'The Boys', the show has gone from strength to strength since its debut in 2019, with the show becoming a runaway hit for Prime Video, and the series even snagging an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Series in 2021.

The show has garnered critical acclaim for its mixture of ultra-violence, jet-black comedy, and its ensemble cast consisting of 'Scream' star Jack Quaid, Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Antony Starr as the demonic Homelander and Ireland's own Dominique McElligott.

'The Boys' has recently been renewed for a 4th season, with the most recent episode, 'Herogasm', taking social media by storm.