Hideo Kojima has shared few more details on his much anticipated and mysterious upcoming game Death Stranding including its development and some of the details in its bizarre earlier trailers.
Speaking at the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival over the weekend, Kojima shed some light on why the character played by The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus appears naked in the game's first cryptic trailer that was unveiled at E3 2016.
Kojima said having Reedus naked in the reveal trailer was "something I had very specifically had in mind."
"I wanted people to see Norman naked first, and from there you will see him in different hairstyles and costumes," the famed game designer said. "That's as much as I should say today."
When asked about the game's development, Kojima said: "So far, it's going pretty well." He also said the Kojima Productions team is working closely with its Decima games engine on various tests for the game. The engine is the same one used by Guerilla Games' open-world RPG Horizon: Zero Dawn.
"We are continuously doing different tests for game systems, for characters, for environments," he said."We are continually testing these aspects. So far, it's going pretty well."
He also used a lengthy, abstract metaphor to describe where the development team's progress on the game so far.
"Let's say that Norman's character is walking in New York," he said, noting that Death Stranding is not set in the US city. "We're trying to see if what we can depict with Decima Engine actually looks like New York, if it scales correctly and feels good there.
"Let's say the character goes in an Italian restaurant, who the character meets going into the restaurant, what he will be eating, all those details are decided, are set. What we're working on right now is what kind of table will be there, what kind of specific details will be there, what's on the specific menu for this restaurant."
Kojima did not mention any other specific details regarding the game's development, characters, plot or gameplay. He previously described Death Stranding as an open-world, action game "with lots of freedom" that is "very intuitive to play."
Kojima released a second, equally cryptic trailerat the Games Awards in December last year starring Hannibal actor Mads Mikkelsen and director Guillermo del Toro.
Mikkelsen admitted earlier this year that even he was confused when Kojima tried to explain Death Stranding's plot to him.
"He was trying to tell me the whole plot of the game, and it's so elaborate that, I mean, I got lost," Mikkelsen said. "But I really wanted to learn more."
Death Stranding will release as a console exclusive for PS4 and for PC. A release date has yet to be revealed, however, Kojima teased that it could launch in 2018.