A Google Stadia-Exclusive Death Stranding Sequel? Debunked!

Hideo Kojima touched on several topics in the latest episode of his podcast, Brain Structure.


Earlier, we wrote about the rumour that Death Stranding 2, or its spiritual successor, would be a Google Stadia exclusive. It was reported by 9to5Google, citing a source, that Stadia boss Phil Harrison allegedly put the plans on hold. It all sounded unusual even then (especially how another Kojima project, supposedly called Overdose, will be for Xbox, but the Xbox project’s existence has been officially announced!)

“The rumour that Death Stranding, moreover a sequel, was in the works to be an exclusive title for Google is unfounded, and Phil Harrison ultimately rejecting that is quite impossible. I’ve never once said anything to Phil about wanting to create a Death Stranding sequel. I don’t know who pulled this information from where,” Kojima said. Death Stranding 2 has been talked about by Norman Reedus, who plays the first instalment’s lead character, Sam “Porter” Bridges, but it is just not confirmed yet…

He also said that several companies had approached Kojima Productions with a takeover offer (we wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft were one of them!), but the Japanese genius had turned down all of them. The studio is independent, despite Kojima posting a PlayStation Studios banner on Twitter. He said, “Let me iterate that we are indies. We have no affiliations whatsoever, and no one backs us. And every day, I am approached by offers from all over the world to buy our studio. Some of those offers are ridiculously high prices, but it’s not that I want money. I want to make what I want to make. That’s why I create this studio. So long as I’m alive, I don’t think I will ever accept those offers.”

He also talked about the time Hasan Kahraman’s studio (?), Blue Box Game Studios, advertised Abandoned on Twitter about Silent Hill, and many people immediately thought Kojima had something to do with it. Kojima called it all a nuisance and confirmed that he had nothing to do with the Dutchman’s game. (We’ve written about Abandoned, or whatever it’ll be called, regularly in the past.)

Blue Box Game Studios, which has been silent since April, responded on Twitter, thanking Kojima for openly dispelling the conspiracy theories because it was a burden on the developers and fans. They are working on Abandoned (not its prologue…?) and thanked us for our patience. Except that Kahraman has long since gambled away the audience’s patience and trust.

Source: PSL, PSL, PSL

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