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In a Tweet posted this weekend, Kojima said he was designing his “new title” with long-time collaborator and character artist Yoji Shinkawa, and discussing “the setting for each character, the background, the world, the color, the characteristics, the roles, the images, ideas and keyword”.
In a second tweet, Kojima posted an image of a vehicle which appears to be brandished with the name ‘Bridges’, which is a company featured in Death Stranding.
PS4 exclusive Death Stranding released in November 2019 and according to Kojima, the game sold enough copies to recover its development costs. A PC version of Death Stranding is planned for release in July.
Death Stranding actor Norman Reedus recently claimed he was “in talks” to work on another project with Kojima Productions and suggested that it could be Death Stranding related.
Reedus has struck up a strong relationship with Kojima. As well as calling the game designer a friend, the Walking Dead actor has previously signed up to work on two of Kojima’s projects; Death Stranding and Konami’s cancelled Silent Hills reboot (aka P.T.)
Speaking in a new video interview with Wired, Reedus suggests he could again partner with the Metal Gear designer for a future project.
“We did Death Stranding, which was a huge hit, and we’re in talks to do other stuff,” he said.
Later in the video Reedus added that he’s “talking to Hideo about maybe doing some Death Stranding stuff,” which could suggest the pair are discussing working on a new instalment or DLC.
Following Death Stranding’s release, Kojima expressed a desire to work with Norman Reedus again, perhaps in a sequel to the PS4 open-world game, but said that if he did create a follow-up he “would start from zero.”
Earlier this year Kojima was quoted as stating that he’d like to try his hand at making smaller games, such as episodic and digital-only titles, while working on the studio’s next major release.
Kojima and long-time collaborator Yoji Shinkawa, who is best known for his character and mecha design work on the Metal Gear franchise, have also reportedly expressed an interest in making manga and even a movie.
Kojima has reportedly said he’d like to work on multiple projects alongside his studio’s next “big” game, which has been hinted to be a horror title, and claimed that he’s already had one “major” in-development project cancelled.