universe.Kojima has explained that he’s working on a new concept with longtime collaborator and Kojima Productions art director Yoji Shinkawa, and keen-eyed fans have spotted that one piece of concept art features a vehicle with a prominent ‘BRIDGES’ logo emblazoned on the side (BRIDGES being the organization Norman Reedus’ Sam works for in Death Stranding):
— French Stranding (@FrenchStranding) June 27, 2020
Naturally, people are now wondering whether the legendary director is planning on making an immediate return for a Death Stranding sequel of some kind. Kojima has previously said that he’d be open to returning to the Death Stranding universe, but explained that he’d ‘start from zero’ if he did, seemingly indicating that a new game wouldn’t continue the plot of the first.
Kojima recently scrapped a big project and is now in the planning phase of his next game – it’s not clear just yet what shape that game will take, but by these concepts, it looks like it may be related to Death Stranding in some fashion.
As can be seen in the below tweet, despite the fact that they’re both working from home, Kojima is working on a new title with Kojima Productions Art Director Yoji Shinkawa, going back and forth and discussing the project’s characters, world and ideas over email and text.
Here’s my way of designing new title w/Yoji. 1st we discuss the setting for each character, the background, the world, the color, the characteristics, the roles, the images, ideas and keyword going back&forth via E-mail. WFH & 20 mins direct discussion. Mostly texting via iPhone. pic.twitter.com/XCYpFwsQ6U
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 26, 2020
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN who wants Kojima to make a full game about pizza delivery based off of that one Death Stranding mission. Follow him on Twitter.