Norman Reedus Calls Hideo Kojima "A Genius" While Shedding a Little More Light on Death Stranding's Story

Norman Reedus Calls Hideo Kojima "A Genius" While Shedding a Little More Light on Death Stranding's Story

Are these...actual details?

Whatever Death Stranding ends up turning out to be, we'll at least know Norman Reedus gave 110 percent. That's based on a new interview in which he offers glowing praise for director Hideo Kojima, discusses Death Stranding, and maybe even reveals something resembling actual story details.

Metro UK interviewed Reedus on the set of The Walking Dead last year and managed to get some questions in about Death Stranding. "That guy is such a genius, Hideo Kojima," says Reedus. "I'm like, 'Oh so they'll be playing me?' And he's like, 'No they are you. We will make them cry as you.' I'm like, 'What are you talking about? It's a video game."

Though we've seen plenty of trailers for Death Stranding by now, I don't think we're any closer to really understanding what it's about. But Reedus does share some interesting details about Death Stranding's concept, which despite its name might not be about death. "The concept is so far out into the future," says Reedus. "Instead of eliminating everyone around you, it's bringing everyone together. It's a very positive video game, but scary and depressing at the same time."

Reedus also says that the trailers released so far only shows aspects of Death Stranding, "but not a whole picture of what the game will be. That's like a whole other thing." Considering the abstract nature of the trailers released so far, I don't think many of us were expecting the trailers to be indicative of its true nature.

The actor apparently met Kojima through director Guillermo Del Toro. Reedus went on to describe the moment he saw Kojima at E3. Reedus said of the event, "I was like who is this god—whatever he wants to do I'll do it. He's a genius."

As Sony skips E3 this year, it's unclear when we'll get our next glimpse of Death Stranding, or even a release date. Fans continue to pore over trailers for clues, and strange alternate reality games for any new information. You can check out our Death Stranding Everything We Know guide for all the info we have so far.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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