With Sony not attending E3 2019, the company is instead providing fans with new information and game details through other methods. Fans have already gotten a taste through the State of Play streams, but earlier this week Sony mixed things up again with one of its bigger games of 2019, Death Stranding. With key information like various game editions, story details, and the actual launch date now revealed, fans are learning even more about the experience.
Legendary developer Hideo Kojima, the man behind Death Stranding, has been fairly talkative since yesterday's announcements. From his Twitter account, Kojima revealed a bit more behind the scenes details for both characters based on Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn. Surprisingly, while both actors had their faces and bodies scanned to bring their in-game persona to life, Kojima used completely different actors to animate and voice them.
Based on yesterday's lengthy story and gameplay focused trailer, it appears likely that this procedure wasn't done for everyone. Obviously, Norman Reedus has primarily been the focal point of the game's marketing since it was initially revealed but thanks to previous trailers fans also know that the antagonist known as Cliff uses the likeness and voice of Mads Mikkelsen. Last year at E3 2018, fans were introduced to Fragile, a mysterious character that features the likeness and voice of Léa Seydoux.
I asked my bestie, Nicolas, to be “HEARTMAN” in DS as special guest. We 3D scanned his head, body, and facial expressions to make his 3D model, but his acting and voice are done by a different performer, same as with Guillermo. 👍🌈🦀🐟🐋☔️ pic.twitter.com/wOGt0LfX89— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) May 29, 2019
It's been an interesting road for Kojima following the very public split from Konami. After so much speculation and rumors over the years, Death Stranding is now only a few months away with a confirmed launch in November. It's clear the fanbase is also excited, or at the very least still a bit confused on what this game is, as this week's nearly 9-minute trailer pulled in massive views. The numbers actually broke records becoming the fastest viewed and liked video game trailer in 2019.
Death Stranding launches for the PlayStation 4 on November 8, 2019.