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Guillermo del Toro on Death Stranding: “I’m Not Involved, Creatively, at All”

Guillermo del Toro will feature exclusively in an acting capacity for Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, the famed director has told IGN.

Reunited for the first time following the untimely demise of Silent Hills and Kojima’s much publicised split from publisher KONAMI, del Toro spoke candidly in a conversation with IGN about his role in the developers first solo adventure – the weird and wonderful looking – Death Stranding, confirming his role to be purely acting, with no creative input into the development side of the game.

I’m involved as a character. Kojima-san called me and said, ‘I want you to be a character in the game,’ and I said, ‘Gladly.’ He’s discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I’m not involved, creatively, at all,” explained the Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director in a phone conversation.

When not behind the camera del Toro often enjoys a stint in front of it, with cameos in both Hellboy films in addition to a small role in Goerge A. Romero’s zombie fest – Diary of the Dead. The director is equally happy to play the role of cheerleader in Kojima’s first outing since his departure from Konami, something he believes will be a “fantastic game“.

This is entirely Kojima-san’s game. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic game, 100%. But this is him and his ideas. I’m just a puppet in his hands. My contribution is limited to being a cheerleader for his ideas and being scanned for long hours at a time. That’s about it.”

With only breadcrumbs to feed on since its announcement, there is definitely a mysterious aura surrounding Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, which also co-stars Hanibal and Casino Royale actor Mads Mikkelsen alongside The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus. 

Developed by Kojima Productions, Death Stranding will likely release anywhere between now and 2019 and will head to PS4 first before a release on PC.

Better known as RzrsS in the video game scene, Stephan Rodts has been playing video games for nearly his entire life. He started out shooting poor ducks out of the sky in Duck Hunt on the Nintendo, but now shoots everything that moves. Be warned.


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