Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding may be a long way off, but that doesn’t diminish the excitement for the ambitious game. It’s the first title that Kojima is doing after the legendary Metal Gear Solid series and knowing him, it’s going to be weird, thought provoking and probably something that is going to burrow deep into the recesses of your mind. The game has been kept shrouded in mystique and we only have a couple of trailers to go off of. One of those trailers had a bit of a surprise when we suddenly saw Guillermo Del Toro as one of the characters that will appear in the game. Del Toro worked with Kojima when they were still making the doomed Silent Hills and since they left Konami, they decided to continue working together.
Del Toro is a director himself and an extremely proficient one at that. You would think that the two mad geniuses would collude together with this new project, but Del Toro has now stated that he is merely a character in Death Stranding and will have no creative input on the game, leaving it entirely to Kojima. In a recent IGN interview he said:
[quote]I’m involved as a character. Kojima-san called me and said, ‘I want you to be a character in the game,’ and I said, ‘Gladly.’ He’s discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I’m not involved, creatively, at all. This is entirely Kojima-san’s game. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic game, 100%. But this is him and his ideas. I’m just a puppet in his hands. My contribution is limited to being a cheerleader for his ideas and being scanned for long hours at a time. That’s about it.[/quote]
As much fun as it is to imagine Guillermo Del Toro as a cheerleader, it feels almost wasteful that he won’t lend his talents to the game’s creative process. However, he will most definitely make an interesting character and a welcome addition to the game’s A-list cast. It’s going to be a rough few years as we wait for this to drop.