Hideo Kojima reunites with Norman Reedus for Death Stranding
It was quite the day at E3. Sony’s press conference saw an abundance of new game announcements, so many that even The Matrix’s Neo would have a hard time dodging all the new titles flying right, left, and center.
One of the more notable announcements involved celebrated game developer Hideo Kojima, the mind behind the Metal Gear Solid series. Kojima appeared on stage with a holographic pathway lighting his every step (akin to Michael Jackson’s iconic music video, “Billie Jean.”) The effect pretty much highlighted the importance of Kojima’s presence, and when he outpaced the hologram it represented his carefree attitude—this man really can do anything, and the crowd ate it up.
“Hello everyone, I’m back,” said Kojima, addressing the excited crowd. The developer did not merely make a surprise appearance to address his relevance; he was also in attendance to reveal the first trailer for his new game—Death Stranding.
The trailer takes place on a beach; the camera zooming over deceased marine life until it reaches a nude man face down in the sand. Crawling on his hands and knees, and accompanied by Low Roar’s song, “I’ll Keep Coming,” the buff fellow reaches out for a weeping baby. This is when the mysterious man is revealed to be actor Norman Reedus. Many gamers will recall that Reedus appeared in a previous Kojima project, PT, the Silent Hills demo. The Walking Dead star was also slated to headline the survival horror sequel before it was ultimately canceled. Even from the 2:25 minute trailer, fans of PT will instantly notice the similarities between the demo and Death Stranding’s eerie aesthetics, whether or not they will be similar in gameplay remains to be seen. I am sure the story behind Kojima and Reedus’ reunion will be an interesting one; hopefully we will learn how it came about in the near future.
Last year Sony and Kojima productions officially declared that they would have a working relationship, Death Stranding marks the first time we are seeing the fruits of that relationship. No release date was given.