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The hype surrounding Metal Gear-creator Hideo Kojima's next project is real. Death Stranding, as it's named, has Norman Reedus, a.k.a. The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon, in the role of the game's protagonist, while Mads Mikkelsen, who's most recently played Death Star architect Galen Erso in Rogue One, seems to be the main villain.

The most recent, puzzling trailer for left fans with more questions than answers, especially when it came to one particular character who made a surprise appearance: movie director Guillermo del Toro.

Lit The Rumor Engine On Fire

Judging by the teaser trailer, Guillermo del Toro's character is a somewhat opportunistic government official (from the United CITIES of America, according to the emblem on his chest) who strikes a shady deal with the bad guys.

After the trailer was released, rumors started flying around about how involved in the Death Stranding project Guillermo del Toro was or would be. He is, after all, the mind behind fantasy horror movies such as Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Pacific Rim and both the Hellboy movies. In short, the man has a lot to offer.

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But alas, it seems we won't be seeing a collaboration between the two twisted minds this time around. At least not when it comes to the story and world building of the upcoming game.

Just A Cheerleader And A Puppet

[Credit: Kojima Productions]
[Credit: Kojima Productions]

Guillermo del Toro told this to IGN during a recent phone interview, saying that:

"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."

Which is of course a shame. We would've loved to see these two guys working together in a more creative way. But for now, we'll have to be content looking at Guillermo del Toro's animated face as he's solely involved in Death Stranding as an actor.

"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."

- Guillermo del Toro to IGN

The Mystery Continues

[Credit: Kojima Productions]
[Credit: Kojima Productions]

There's still a lot of questions surrounding Hideo Kojima's new game, which seems to be set in the strangest version of Earth we've ever seen in the creator's previous work. It's also the first game since his tumultuous exit from Konami, now free to let his imagination run wild at his own studio.

If you want to know more about Death Stranding, check out our dissection of the Game Award's teaser trailer starring Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro.

Do you think Death Stranding will live up to Kojima's earlier work?


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