Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding Has A Lot Of Celebrities For Characters And Is Still Very Confusing

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding Has A Lot Of Celebrities For Characters And Is Still Very Confusing
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Hideo Kojima’s newest game, Death Stranding, has been confusing gamers since the first moment it was announced. The bad news is that it is still very confusing; the good news is that we know a little bit more this week after some new screenshots were released, which confirmed the addition of yet another actor to the much-hyped game.

Death Stranding, as far as we can tell at this point, is a confusing collection of fetuses, carrying huge boxes over mountains with ladders and futuristic equipment (but still on foot!), and dark oozing monstrosities. But despite the confusion about the game’s plot,
one thing we can be sure of is the number of big names in the game’s cast.

The most famous, of course, being actor Norman Reedus, who plays the game’s main character Sam Porter Bridges. Reedus is well-known for his role as Murphy MacManus in The Boondock Saints and Daryl Dixon in the television series The Walking Dead. Reedus’ involvement had never been much of a secret for Death Stranding. Other characters, not so much.

Over the past year or so, as more trailers and in-game stills have been released, fans have discovered an expanding cast of characters modeled by real-life actors, each equally as famous (if not more) than Reedus.

In-game photos released just this week revealed another critically acclaimed name to the list: Nicolas Winding Refn, a Danish actor and director. Refn is best-known for his direction of the Ryan Gosling films, Only God Forgives and Drive.

His name is only a minor addition to other members of the cast, which includes such actors as Lea Seydoux and Mads Mikkelsen. Seydoux, a French actress, has appeared in such films as Inglourious Bastards and the James Bond film Spectre; while Mikkelsen, a Danish actor, was recently in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange.

Each of the actors provided 3D scans of their voice, their face and facial expressions, as well as full-body scans for their in-game characters.

Although we now may have a better idea of how cinematic Kojima’s new game will be, most fans still have no idea what the game will be about. Trailers and gameplay footage have been and still remain to be completely baffling. With E3 over and its November release date quickly approaching, it looks like Kojima fans will need to wait until November before they can get to the heart of the actual story.