What just happened? One of the most unique games in recent memory is getting a sequel, and according to its star, development has already begun. In a recent interview, Leo Norman Reedus, who played Sam Porter Bridges in the original Death Stranding, said “we’ve just started Part 2” when asked about filming for the game.
Reedus went on to talk about how he met director Hideo Kojima, which is an interesting story in itself.
“Guillermo Del Toro, who gave me my first film, called me and said: “Hi, there is a guy named Hideo Kojima, he will call you, just say yes. And I say, “What do you mean, just say yes?” He says, “Stop being an asshole, just say yes.”
When they finally met in person, Kojima showed Reedus his latest project, Silent Hills. This title was canceled in 2015, but Reedus and Kojima eventually teamed up to work on Death Stranding.
“It took me maybe two or three years to finish all the MoCap sessions and all that stuff,” Reedus said. Leo. “It takes a lot of work. And then the game came out and it just got all these awards and it was a huge thing, so we just started the second part.”
Death Stranding is a bit out of the gate due to high expectations, but support eventually took. Last summer, Kojima Productions announced that five million copies had been sold to date. The director’s cut was released on PlayStation 5 last September.
Reedus’s confession probably doesn’t fit the generally accepted definition of an official confirmation of a sequel, but it seems unlikely that he just made up something like that to talk about.
Assuming the timeline is accurate and Kojima Productions has indeed only just started working on a sequel, it will probably be a few more years before the finished product is ready for release. However, with only a few weeks left until Summer Game Fest, Kojima could be the perfect venue to support Reedus’ comments.