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We still might not yet know what the hell Death Stranding actually is, but pretty much everyone seems to agree that they are eager to play whatever insanity director Hideo Kojima has pulled together. And according to a recent interview, that time might come sooner than anticipated.
You have to take this prediction with at least a small grain of salt, as nothing has been confirmed at this time. Twitter user BlackKite recently tweeted a link to a Dengeki PlayStation interview with Kojima, in which the man of the hour teases a couple of interesting things, the game is coming along quickly, and a major announcement is on the way. So one has to wonder if these two comments are related.
The interview came as part of Dengeki PlayStation's regular chat with developers concerning the progress of their most recent projects. When asked about Death Stranding, Kojima couldn't resist the opportunity to tease fans all over again, both concerning the speed of development and another announcement of some sort coming down the line.
First, he states that development is "going well," and that Sony Interactive Entertainment has told him that they've never seen a game being created at such a fast pace. We doubt Kojima is receiving any pressure to move at such a fast pace, so hopefully, that speaks exclusively to everyone's passion for the project.
You may recall that the time Metal Gear Solid V spent in development was one of the key factors leading to Kojima's messy break-up with former publisher, Konami. They seemed to think he was drawing out the process to make a bigger, longer-lasting paycheck. Then, when the game finally launched, we got a look at its rather impressive scope. There also seems to be a consensus that a full third of the game was basically cut from the project in order to get it out the door. All of that, though, comes from a bunch of muddy back and forth, so there's no telling what the real story is at this point.
For Death Stranding, Kojima was basically wooed by Sony, given the resources needed to pull together his dream team and then carted around the world to find the game engine he wanted to work with for his new offering. He eventually went with Guerrilla Games' engine, the one they used for Horizon: Zero Dawn. They wanted him to use the engine so badly that they literally gifted it to him at the end of a studio tour, which is pretty unheard of in this business.
The second thing Kojima teases is that he will have a "surprise" for everyone sometime in 2018. We know he wanted to get Death Stranding out the door by the end of 2018, so is it possible that he'll actually make that deadline? Whatever the announcement is, there's a pretty good chance that it will be made on the Sony stage during E3 2018 this coming June.