One notable absence from Sonys stage this year was Hideo Kojimas Death Stranding. The celebrated auteur attended the conference but didnt bring any new footage with him, prompting concerns that we could be in for another of his protracted development cycles. Does the game actually exist beyond the pair of trailers previously released or are we still in the concept stage?
No, no - its up and running, Layden confirms. Its been aided tremendously after Kojima-San decided to co-opt the Decima [graphics] engine from Guerrilla [that powered Horizon Zero Dawn]. And, gosh, that really gave him a leg up to get up and running and test it and have some prototype levels running. I couldnt explain to you what the game is
Does that mean youve actually played some of it?
I have actually played some of it.
And is it as revolutionary as Kojima-San is promising?
[After a thoughtful pause] All that and more!
So it actually exists?
It actually exists.