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What just happened? One of the most unique games in recent memory is getting a sequel and according to its star, development has already started. In a recent interview with Leo, Norman Reedus – who played Sam Porter Bridges in the original Death Stranding – said "we just started the second one" when asked about filming for the game.
Reedus went on to explain how he met director Hideo Kojima, which is an interesting story on its own.
"Guillermo Del Toro, who gave me my first movie, called me up and said, 'Hey, there's a guy named Hideo Kojima, he's gonna call you, just say yes.' And I go, 'What do you mean just say yes?' He goes, 'Stop being an asshole, just say yes.'"
"It took me maybe two or three years to finish all the MoCap sessions and everything," Reedus told Leo. "It takes a lot of work. And then the game came out, and it just won all these awards, and it was a huge thing, so we just started part two of that."
Death Stranding struggled a bit out of the gate due to lofty expectations but support eventually picked up. Last summer, Kojima Productions announced it had sold five million copies up to that point. A director's cut launched on PlayStation 5 last September.
Reedus' admission probably doesn't fit everyone's definition of official confirmation of the sequel, but it seems unlikely he would simply make up something like that for conversation sake.
Assuming the timeline is accurate and Kojima Productions really did just start working on a follow-up, it'll likely be several more years before a finished product is ready to ship. That said, Summer Game Fest is just a few weeks away and would be the perfect stage for Kojima to shore up Reedus' comments.