Today's reveal of more Death Stranding info at Gamescom Opening Live answered some questions and raised more. One response in particular has opened the door wide for speculation about just how star-studded Death Stranding might be, all based off Kojima's recent social media history.
Part of today's gameplay reveal was a virtual Geoff Keighley, fully rendered in Death Stranding as a character for whom you can complete a quest. Keighley later showed images of himself going into Kojima Productions' studios to get face-scanned for the game, so his likeness could appear as part of Death Stranding.
Kojima commented on this during the broadcast, saying "there are many people in cameos" in Death Stranding. And while Geoff is a fun one for this opening night live show, there could be many more hidden away.
Of course, this leaves the possibility open for anyone who has visited Kojima Productions recently to appear in-game. Is that a stretch? Maybe. Did you think today's Death Stranding gameplay reveal trailer would start with a solid 10 seconds of Norman Reedus' character urinating, as the camera chased him around for angles? That's what I thought. Strap in, here's who's been hanging out at Kojima Productions lately.
Edgar Wright, director of Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, already confirmed he was face-scanned in while visiting Kojima Productions. It's pretty likely we'll see him in the game. But you know who else has visited Kojima Productions? Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai.
Sakurai is definitely in Death Stranding pic.twitter.com/D51btprc8H- Wario64 (@Wario64) August 19, 2019
But this well goes deeper. Tracing back Kojima's social media history, we can find a litany of notable game industry figures. Shuhei Yoshida, Jade Raymond, and Tetsuya Mizuguchi have all visited the studio in recent months.
Let's pull the lens back to celebrities. Death Stranding has stars like Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen. Who else would Kojima love to drop into his game? Possibly Terrace House: Aloha State alum and Legion actress Lauren Tsai. Or maybe a hardcore band who has a hit song literally named after a location from Kojima's Metal Gear Solid series.
BRING ME THE HORIZON has visited Kojima Productions. Thanks for the CD and vinyls! pic.twitter.com/SaxjIIZpiv- HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) August 15, 2019
It's going to be wild if November 8 rolls around and Oli Sykes is in Death Stranding. But while many of these potential cameos are far-fetched and nonsensical, do you really expect Kojima to not have at least a few more surprises in store? This is a video game where you can pee and meet Geoff Keighley. Sky's the limit. Even Conan O'Brien is on the table.
Keep up to date with all things Death Stranding leading up to release in our Death Stranding guide.