June 7, 2017 Gaming Community: Death Stranding will not be at E3; instead Kojima teases new image

This is an article written as part of a Playcrafting class on game journalism.

Death Stranding will not be at E3, developer Hideo Kojima announced on Twitter today.

He promised his production company, Kojima Productions, is “fully focused on development” with more details to come next week on June 14. In the same tweet he included this cryptic image:

Kojima himself will be attending the event though, and will speak at an E3 Coliseum panel with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the director of Kong: Skull Island, to discuss their work on a film adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.

Death Stranding was announced at last year’s E3 via a trailer and is Kojima’s first project since he parted ways with Konami following the release of Metal Gear Solid V.

Though much of the game is still a mystery, it has garnered attention over the past year because it features Guillermo del Toro as its director and the likeness of actor Mads Mikkelsen (who stars in television’s Hannibal) as the face of its campaign. Kojima also revealed that the title will have a female hero, who will join Norman Reedus, of the Walking Dead, in-game, IGN reported after attending the Tokyo Game Show in 2016.

Death Stranding is an open-world action game in development for Playstation 4. Kojima promises the title will arrive by 2019, but it does not yet have a release date.