Despite the attention Hideo Kojima’s ill-fated Silent Hills grabbed, Norman Reedus, the star of Kojima Productions’ first title, is glad the project fell through because Death Stranding is “way better.”
Reedus, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, was asked if there were any similarities between Death Stranding and Silent Hills. He said the two are invariably different and is happy Silent Hills didn’t work out. “When that went away, I was bummed, but when Hideo described what we were doing next, I completely forgot about it. I was like, thank god that didn’t work, because this is way better. This is a completely different thing.”
Reedus also discussed how he came into contact with Kojima, stating director Guillermo del Toro told him to say yes to a guy who called about doing a video game. This conversation, according to Reedus, happened roughly three years ago, when the two began working on Silent Hills. After Silent Hills’ cancellation in 2015, Reedus said he was contacted to do a brand-new game–Death Stranding.
“So Hideo, Guillermo, and I were going to do another game, a Silent Hills game, but Konami and Kojima had a falling out, so it went radio silence for a minute,” Reedus said. “Then they came back and said Sony’s back in with Hideo and we’re going to make a brand-new game. I was more excited about that, to be honest, because Hideo came down to San Diego Comic-Con and had an iPad and was showing me some of the graphics he was working on, which were just mind-blowing. I knew it was going to be a home run right from the get-go.”
While we’re a couple of days away from Death Stranding’s November 8 launch on PlayStation 4, reviews have begun publishing online. The genre-blending exploration title has received generally favorable reviews, with our own review awarding it a 9/10. Editor Kallie Plagge wrote of her experience with Death Stranding: “It’s positive without ignoring pain; in fact, it argues in both its story and its gameplay that adversity itself is what makes things worth doing and life worth living. It’s a game that requires patience, compassion, and love, and it’s also one we really need right now.”
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