It’s no surprise that Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has been one of the most hyped and anticipated games of 2017/18 since the first trailer released in 2016 at The Game Awards. Fans were treated to a sneak peek of Kojima’s latest original IP after his sour split with Konami. This was further supplemented with a second 4K cinematic trailer drop showing us the complexity of the storyline that Kojima has drummed up behind very secretive closed doors.
If you haven’t already gauged, Kojima prizes storyline and cinematography which carved his Metal Gear Solid series as a strong contender for one of the best gaming franchises of modern times. His unique style of game development attracts cinema talent from all over the world with the inclusion of Norman Reedus – best known for his role as Daryl Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead – who is the main protagonist in Death Stranding.
With actors immortalising themselves in games, this usually brings Kojima’s works to the attention of successful directors including Kong: Skull Island director Vogt-Roberts who is currently working on producing a Metal Gear Solid film series. Although Kojima is no longer leading the way on the MGS series, Vogt-Roberts regularly heeds advice from Kojima on how the film should reflect the gaming series.
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In a tweet today, Vogt-Roberts spoke highly of the upcoming release mentioning “Today I watched Kojima-San direct a cutscene. I’ve watched hours of his cinematics and witnessing one in real life was beyond special. Death Stranding is unlike anything you’ve seen. Get excited.”
Understandably, fans on Twitter raved about the hype of the game and Vogt-Roberts viewpoint on the game only strengthed the anticipation. This came with the news that Death Stranding is also including Troy Baker and Emily O’Brien in its already A-list cast as more impressive names continue to join the project from other notable games such as The Last Of Us.
The release date of Death Stranding is still a work in progress with Kojima-san mentioning the game may be released late in 2018 – that said, Kojima has a habit of refining his releases to utmost perfection so we may even see the release be pushed into 2019.
Pre-release orders are now available from big-name retailers like Amazon to secure your copy on release date, but if like us, you have your eyes set on the likely pre-release collector’s editions then you may need to save your pennies until further announcements are made.