Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima appears to be teasing Death Stranding 2, or possibly an entirely new game set in the same universe.
The hint comes from Twitter, where Kojima shared a photo captioned with his work-from-home process. You can check it out below.
Here's my way of designing new title w/Yoji. 1st we discuss the setting for each character, the background, the world, the color, the characteristics, the roles, the images, ideas and keyword going back&forth via E-mail. WFH & 20 mins direct discussion. Mostly texting via iPhone. pic.twitter.com/XCYpFwsQ6U
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 26, 2020
“Here’s my way of designing new title w/Yoji,” it reads. “First we discuss the setting for each character, the background, the world, the color, the characteristics, the roles, the images, ideas and keyword going back & forth via E-mail. WFH & 20 mins direct discussion. Mostly texting via iPhone.”
The Tipp-Ex and Pritt Sticks aren’t particularly indicative of Death Stranding 2, but the giant BB in the middle of the photo sure seems to hint at the possibility.
Kojima also posted another tweet, which includes yet another hint about the possibility of a new Death Stranding game. Check it out below.
Working on the concept with listening to “OASIS” by Kitaro I recently bought. I(I used to have the vinyl) Love the illustration by Shusei Nagaoka. pic.twitter.com/hRLyZmnhe5
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 27, 2020
The caption for this one is less important than the photo itself. If you rotate the picture 90 degrees counter-clockwise and zoom in – as pointed out over on ResetEra – you’ll notice that the spaceship-looking vehicle thing is branded with a pretty familiar name: BRIDGES.
Here’s a better angle, if you’re curious.
There’s also an engraving on the side of the vehicle that appears to say “Landing Ship,” meaning that… is there going to be a Death Stranding game in space?
Tinfoil hats aside, it’s also possible that this is just concept art that Kojima and Shinkawa have been messing about with. While another game set in the same universe could be pretty interesting, Death Stranding 2 hasn’t been confirmed by a spaceship drawn in pencil (although admittedly it would be pretty weird to photograph giant BB dolls for no apparent reason).
There’s also the possibility this could be DLC – Kojima did tease a weird, mysterious trailer back in February, after all. Plus he already said he’s interested in making “the scariest horror game.”
In related news, Kojima Productions recently called a report on Kojima’s firing from Konami “categorically false.”
You can check out our Death Stranding review in the video below.