'Death Stranding' Release Date, Latest News & Update: First Post-Konami Hideo Kojima Game Arriving in 2018

By Olivia Cavallaro , Updated Sep 20, 2016 03:53 AM EDT

Following the dramatic breakup between Konami and Hideo Kojima last year, the developer finally hinted on the release of the highly anticipated "Death Stranding." The upcoming open world action video game was first announced in this year's E3.

IGN reports that "Death Stranding," the first post-Konami Hideo Kojima game is arriving in 2018. Kojima addressed the crowd gathered at the Tokyo Game Show 2016, saying that the highly anticipated game will be out "before the Olympics," which is set in Tokyo in 2020. He added that the game will be out before the film "Akira" gets released in 2019.

"Death Stranding," which is based on "The Walking Dead" actor Norman Reedus, is the first post-Konami Hideo Kojima venture for the developer. He shared that fans will get to see another side to the actor once the game is released in 2018.

Kojima even joked about Reedus not wearing underwear for the motion capture of the "Death Stranding" trailer. When asked if the actor was truly naked to shoot the scenes, Kojima said that Reedus was "wearing underwear, unfortunately."

In addition, Gamespot reports that Reedus isn't the only star of the highly anticipated "Death Stranding," as the game will also have a female protagonist. While he hasn't unveiled any details about the female character, fans are already excited to see how she will play a part in the game.

During the Tokyo Game Show 2016, character designer Yoji Shinkawa joined Kojima to share more tidbits about the upcoming "Death Stranding." He hinted that the game runs on a popular third-party game engine and that he wishes to see mechs in it eventually.

As per VG24/7, "Death Stranding" will have a unique new spin on the multiplayer mode, so fans have to watch out for that as well. "Death Stranding" is slated to arrive sometime in 2018.

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