Hideo Kojima Hints at 2018 Release for Death Stranding Game
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Game developer Hideo Kojima hinted during Tokyo Game Show on Sunday that his Death Stranding PlayStation 4 game will be released in 2018. Specifically, he mentioned that "there is a movie called Akira, and it will be out before the year in which Akira is set." The film is set in the year 2019.
Kojima also clarified that, while he had stated earlier that the game will have online gameplay, it will also be fully playable in single player. The game will also include a female protagonist, but the character has not yet been cast.
Yoji Shinkawa, the character and mechanical designer for the Metal Gear Solid game series, hinted that he wanted to see mechs in the game. Shinkawa is currently working on the game alongside Kojima.
Kojima Productions, Kojima's own development studio, is developing the game, and it will star actor Norman Reedus. Kojima mentioned during the event that the game will show "a different side of Norman Reedus than fans of The Walking Dead might expect." Kojima Productions is developing the game using a "well-known" third-party engine.
The game will be an action game, and will have open-world elements with "some degree of freedom." Kojima stated the game's name originates from the phenomenon of cetacean stranding, where dolphins and whales wash up on land and die. While other games offer elements analogous to "sticks" for gameplay, Death Stranding will also offer "ropes" to tie and link players together.
Reedus previously collaborated with Kojima on the cancelled Silent Hills project. Like Death Stranding, Silent Hills' "P.T." playable teaser featured a 3D CG model based on Reedus.
Source: IGN (Daniel Robson)