After leaving Konami, Hideo Kojima created Kojima Studios, and revealed Death Stranding, a mysterious survival game with online capabilities and The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus as the main character.
For the recent Tokyo Game Show 2016, he joined his co-worker Yoji Shinkawa (mechanics and character designer in Metal Gear, now on board with Death Stranding), in a Q&A with fans via Twitter.
Among the relevant questions pertaining multiplayer (Death Stranding will be an online multiplayer with both co-op and solo gameplay), we got 2 big news.
First, the game contains a female protagonist… whose casting is still on process. He didn’t add anything else, but after getting Norman Reedus, we know he wont suffer for a Hollywood superstars shortage.
And second, we got a release date – Kojima style at least, since the man loves his “riddles”:
“It will be out before the Olympics. To go a little further, there is a movie called Akira, and it will be out before the year in which Akira is set.”
The Olympics take place in the 2020, and the classic anime Akira took (will take?) place in 2019, so that leaves us 2017 (extremely unlikely, despite him saying the game base is close to complete), and 2018 as the most probable date.
Meanwhile Shinkawa added he wanted to add mechas into the mix. That’ll surely clear some things up!
#TGS2016: Here's @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN revealing what #DeathStranding is all about. pic.twitter.com/swdZiluVbA
— IGN (@IGN) September 15, 2016