Death Stranding was released just last month to critical acclaim but director Hideo Kojima is already mulling over a potential sequel.
Speaking with Vulture in a recent interview, the Metal Gear creator expressed interest in returning to the drawing board for another Death Stranding installment. However, at the same time, he outlined a few requirements and wishes of his own that would be necessary for a sequel in what Kojima Productions has been touting to be a new genre.
Firstly, a Death Stranding sequel would have to start from scratch. Kojima would naturally be borrowing core elements from the original but a second game will have to offer something different in its own capacity. Secondly, Kojima is very interested in working with actor Norman Reedus again on another project. Hence, if a Death Stranding sequel happens, he would want the Walking Dead star to return as well.
Kojima revealed how they became close friends during the years of motion-capture sessions for Death Stranding. Reedus even invited Kojima to his home for dinner where the two bonded. If not a Death Stranding sequel, Kojima would have Reedus in any other game that Sony passes for Kojima Productions.
Kojima discusses working with the actor [Reedus] again, perhaps on a Death Stranding sequel — though if he were to create such a thing, he “would start from zero.”
Death Stranding is the first game from Kojima after his controversial split with long-time employer Konami. He recently spoke about how the inspiration behind the game was a feeling of loneliness that has been present in him since childhood. The enigmatic storyline includes a lot of novelty features sewn right into the game, making it very different from the usual major releases nowadays. Also, in typical Kojima fashion, Death Stranding has a ton of product placements that players might find a bit cumbersome.
Death Stranding recently received a new update that added performance improvements and network optimizations while heading into the holiday season. Kojima Productions is likely to take it easy for now as everyone prepares for the festive month. Death Stranding is now available on PlayStation 4 for those interested. The Christmas sales are likely to get you an attractive discount.
In our review, we found that Kojima may have swerved off course in trying to integrate novelty features. However, Death Stranding still has other attractions that makes it a potential purchase for both old and new Kojima fans.