Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima seems to be teasing something very Death Stranding-related on his Twitter account, which may be related either to Death Stranding 2, or to the upcoming Death Stranding film adaptation.
— 小島秀夫 (@Kojima_Hideo) July 22, 2023
In a tweet posted last night, Kojima shared multiple photos of what appear to be a motion capture (mocap) stage with an actor moving around several large prop boulders. The stage is surrounded by what looks like an enormous LED wall similar to what was used to film The Mandalorian, except this one has what is clearly a Death Stranding background. On it, we can see snowy mountains, multiple BTs in the distance, a small campsite with multiple tents, and a completely unknown new figure looming large on the left-hand side that could be anything: a new enemy, a new ally, a new boss, a weird mech…it's impossible to say.
We're short on details of exactly what's going on here, but we can learn a little more about the kind of stage Kojima appears to be using, at least. We visited Epic Games' The Volume stage last year where we learned just how it works and is possible, and Kojima's seems to be very similar.
Kojima has posted a number of photos of this technology over the last few days, but this is the first one that's been unquestionably Death Stranding-related. It's not been confirmed whether this is for Death Stranding 2, the upcoming Death Stranding film that Kojima says he is "deeply involved" in the production of, or something else Death Stranding-related.
We know very little about Death Stranding 2 so far, which was officially revealed at The Game Awards 2022 with a look at Fragile and an older Sam Bridges. At the time, Kojima said that after the COVID-19 pandemic, he rewrote the entire script for the game from scratch.
Hopefully, some sharp-eyed sleuths can deduct more details about what Death Stranding-related mystery is going on in these photos…or we'll just have to keep waiting for Kojima's drip feed of teases to continue.
Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.