Rumors have been swirling around Death Stranding ever since Hideo Kojima surprised audiences by debuting the trailer at this year’s E3. Ever since that trailer’s release, fans have been inspecting the footage in a bid to discover any clues as to what the game will be actually about.
Kojima has certainly been actively feeding into the mystery surrounding the game, making cryptic statements about how the title “has already begun” and going to great pains to prevent leaks about it from reaching the press. With that said, it seems there’s one man, aside from Kojima, who knows more about the game than the average person – and that includes its release date.
Icelandic musician Ryan Karazija, one of the members of the band Low Roar that provided the music for the Death Stranding trailer, recently appeared in an interview on the YongYea YouTube channel. During the interview, Karazija gave some insight into what it’s like to work with Kojima and revealed that the game’s release date has already been decided upon.
“We had drinks, we talked, we had good food and laughed a bunch, and he asked about how I made certain sounds on a song, and different things like that. And he showed me, he had his iPad, so he showed me all his pictures about what he was doing, his work with Norman Reedus. So he shows me a bunch of photos, and I know when the game is coming out, and all this stuff, and I can’t tell you guys,”
According to Karazija, it appears that Death Stranding has a set release date, even if he is unable to actually tell anyone when that date is. However, the fact that the game already has a release date in mind is a positive sign that Death Stranding isn’t stuck in development hell and that players will be able to play the game sooner rather than later.
News of a solid release date will undoubtedly relieve many Kojima fans of the worry that Death Stranding would fall victim to a fate similar to the cancelled Silent Hills game, which was being developed by Kojima and also starred the lead of Death Stranding, actor Norman Reedus. Gamers hopefully won’t have to wait too long to find out when they’ll be able to get their hands on Death Stranding, as Kojima himself said that Death Stranding will be his best work yet. But until then, fans will just have to keep puzzling over the relation between Reedus’ dog tags and black holes.
Death Stranding is in development for both PC and PlayStation 4.