At a roundtable for the upcoming 11th season (my god) of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus — known as the actor of Daryl Dixon in the show — seemingly couldn’t help dropping a small tease for the future of Death Stranding. He’s the actor of the main protagonist in the 2019 game, and it sounds like the possibility of him reprising the role isn’t off the table by any means.
“I think we’re doing a second Death Stranding,” Reedus told reporter Vitória Pratini from AdoroCinema. “[The game] is in negotiations right now. So… Yay!”
Before any real news of a second Death Stranding will come the release of Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. At this year’s Summer Games Fest, Kojima Productions revealed the PlayStation 5 version of the original Death Stranding. Director Hideo Kojima prefers to call it a “Director’s Plus,” as the additions that will come with the game weren’t cut; they’re simply just additions that the team feels fans of the original will probably enjoy.
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During this past week’s Gamescom 2021 showcase, Sony released a nearly nine-minute gameplay trailer for all of the new features in Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. The additions consist of new delivery support, such as thrusters for your jetpack, catapults that can fire cargo across the distance, and a “buddy” bot that can accompany and carry Sam; new facilities, like a combat training area with various kinds of drills; special “nightmare” battles; songs for you to listen to in Sam’s room; photo mode with some wild stunts; new missions; and more. Including a race track, for some reason. What’s been sold by many people around me as an often meditative game seems ironically eager to make you do anything and everything besides walking. But I’m sure there will be plenty of fun to be had with these new features, too.
But as far as Hideo Kojima’s next project: don’t expect it anytime soon. “I can’t say anything since it’s still in the planning stages,” Kojima said of his next project during an interview with Livedoor (translated by Gematsu) last year. “But we’re doing various work behind the scenes. Just recently, a big project fell apart, so I’m a bit upset about that (laughs). Well, that sort of thing happens often in this industry.”
The good thing for his fans is that Death Stranding has unsurprisingly done pretty well. In the same interview, he said Kojima Productions “surpassed the amount we needed to make a profit, so I think it sold well enough to be called a ‘success,’ recoupment of development costs included.” He also confirmed they had already secured enough money for whatever is next.
Death Stranding: Director’s Cut will be out on PlayStation 5 on September 24. If you own the game on PlayStation 4, you will be able to upgrade and import your save for a $10 fee.