The 2019 action game Death Stranding was created by Kojima Productions. It’s the first game from Kojima Productions and director Hideo Kojima since they parted ways with Konami in 2015. The PlayStation 4 version was released in November 2019, published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, while the Windows version was released in July 2020, published by 505 Games.
The game takes place in the United States after a catastrophic event has unleashed a horde of dangerous animals upon the planet. The player takes control of Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus), a messenger charged with resupplying outlying settlements and reestablishing connections using radio frequency beacons.
Although Hideo Kojima has been promising a new project for some time now, it appears that he is unable to prevent rumours from spreading that the project in question is really a sequel to Death Stranding. To begin, actor Norman Reedus pretty much just revealed straight that they were working on the next game.
Today, a Kojima producer uploaded a QuickTime video of a Kojima tease that blatantly featured the hashtag #DeathStranding: Even though we’re getting information about the conclusion of this next project a little early, the tweet in question contains Hideo Kojima providing details about the reveal procedure for this upcoming project.
The URL is https://t.co/4QysFOIAVi
It’s proxied by a QR code tinyurl that might point to a new URL in the future.
— Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) October 7, 2022
First, he teased fans at the Tokyo Game Show with a shadow portrait image that finally was identified by fans as depicting the actress Elle Fanning. Kojima has since verified that this was indeed Elle Fanning. Now, Kojima is claiming that the “WHERE” of the project will be disclosed during PAX, which is taking place this next weekend. It is unclear to me if this refers to the actual setting of the game or to something else entirely.
Then, there is some other tease in which he will reveal the final stage of this, but he won’t say where it will be revealed or what exactly it would show. It is probably not a large stretch to anticipate that he will head to the Game Awards presentation hosted by his good friend Geoff Keighley in December to do a big WORLD PREMIERE of this, which, once again, everyone assumes is a Death Stranding sequel in some form.
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) October 7, 2022
Given that Kojima and the event’s organiser Geoff Keighly are close friends and that he previously announced a podcast at Keighly’s Gamescom Opening Night Live earlier this year, many people assumed that after the initial “Who am I?” teaser last month, the identity of the game would be revealed at this year’s Game Award.
Along with this presumption, many people also think that this new game will be connected to the sequel to Death Stranding because Norman Reedus, playing Sam Bridges, now follows Fanning on Instagram.
The existence of Death Stranding 2 had already been hinted at by Reedus, although Kojima has not either acknowledged or refuted this. Maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye. We shall all learn the answer soon enough, I’m sure.
It does not come as a huge surprise that Kojima would hire another Hollywood actress for a significant role in a Death Stranding sequel since he has done it in the past. The initial cast of Stranding was led by film and television talents like Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Lea Seydoux. This was a bit of a departure from the cast of Metal Gear Solid, which had been together for many years.
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Elle Fanning recently appeared in The Great on Hulu, in which she gave an outstanding performance, and she was a little bit terrifying in “The Girl from Plainville.” The Neon Demon, which she played in 2016, is perhaps my favourite role that she’s ever had. In any event, she would be a fantastic addition to the cast of a new instalment of Death Stranding, or whatever else this turns out to be, if, despite all of these hints, it turns out to be something else entirely.
It would appear that we will get more information on what is happening here before the week is out, but with one more reveal to come, again, most likely in December at The Game Awards, it is possible that we may not comprehend the whole scale of the project until then.
If it is a follow-up to Death Stranding, then the intellectual property for that game belongs to Sony; therefore, this is not the project that Kojima is working on with Microsoft. In the event that it is not, then perhaps it is. It appears like we will know for certain by the time the year comes to a close.
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