Ever since Death Stranding came out in 2019, fans have been wondering what a sequel would look like. There have been numerous hints, teases, and speculations from Hideo Kojima himself, though nothing substantial that would confirm the existence of Death Stranding 2 until now.
Actor Norman Reedus, who played the role of protagonist Sam Bridges in Death Stranding, has explicitly mentioned or rather confirmed in a recent interview with LeoEdit, that Kojima Productions is working on Death Stranding 2.
Death Stranding 2 seems to be early in development
Speaking to LeoEdit, Reedus discussed how he got involved with Kojima Productions and the development process of Death Stranding. "We just started the second one," he said on being asked about filming Death Stranding.
He further added, "It took [him] me maybe two or three years to finish all the MoCap sessions and everything. It takes a lot of work. And then the game came out, and it just won all these awards, and it was a huge thing, so we just started part two of that."
Although a highly anticipated new IP from the newly independent Kojima Productions, Death Stranding had a rough launch, courtesy of mixed reviews from both critics and fans alike.
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Furthermore, rumours suggest that Death Stranding's sales didn't meet Sony's expectations though Kojima debunked those rumours by saying that the game was profitable and recouped its development costs.
While we don't know what the development and marketing budget of Death Stranding was, the game has sold over 5 million copies on PS4 and PC as of July 2021. For a new IP, this isn't necessarily underwhelming, and as such, a sequel doesn't seem too far-fetched.
Kojima Productions is hiring for a new project
Interestingly, just hours after the news of Death Stranding 2 broke out, Kojima Productions took to Twitter to post about job openings for its Tokyo studio. While we didn't get an official confirmation, this could be the closest confirmation of the fact that Kojima Productions is indeed working on a Death Stranding sequel.
However, Reedus mentioned that the work on the sequel has just begun. Furthermore, if Kojima Productions just started working on the sequel, it could be a while before fans get a glimpse of it. Death Stranding took Kojima Productions three years to develop, so if the studio just started working on the sequel, fans shouldn't expect it to drop until 2025.
In the meantime, Kojima Productions is also reportedly working with Xbox on a cloud-based game. Details on this project are pretty much non-existent at the moment, though if true, fans could expect an announcement at the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase event.
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Featured image courtesy of Kojima Productions.