Hideo Kojima’s personally edited trailer for the upcoming Death Stranding Director’s Cut will release on September 8, according to the gaming auteur. Kojima has been hyping up the trailer for a while now, in part due to previous trailers for the Death Stranding Director’s Cut being edited by trailer houses or other video editors. In the past, Kojima edited teasers for upcoming games, such as the trailer for 2015’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Hideo Kojima pushed back a bit on the title’s implications for Death Stranding Director’s Cut earlier this summer, noting that all of the added content was developed after the initial game’s release. Kojima explained a “director’s cut” is usually in reference to a director’s vision, prior to experiencing changes that lead to a studio-friendly version. Some of Death Stranding Director’s Cut‘s new additions are a direct response to feedback from critics and fans, while other parts further the story of Sam Porter Bridges and expand on the game – but none of the game’s additional content was cut from the PlayStation 4 release.
Nevertheless, Kojima seems keen on still doing things his way. Kojima confirmed on Twitter he has put together his own trailer for Death Stranding Director’s Cut and will release it on September 8 at 12 AM PST. In the same announcement, he explained that all of the video’s footage was captured on the PlayStation 5. The game already has a few different teasers and Hideo Kojima has expressed his love for editing in the past, so the trailer appears to be a labor of love for the director. If it’s anything like previous trailers, it’ll likely be a bit lengthy and feature aptly powerful choices in music.
It’s not completely clear what he is working on right now, but Kojima is reportedly working on an Xbox horror game. The game has yet to be announced, but head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been teasing a collaboration with the acclaimed Japanese developer for a while. Kojima had a roughly three year turnaround on Death Stranding, so it’s possible that fans will start to hear more about his next project in 2022.
Actor Norman Reedus also recently suggested Death Stranding 2 is happening after revealing he’s in negotiations to return. It’s possible Reedus may actually just be starring in a completely different Kojima project. The two were collaborating on Silent Hills before its cancelation, so it’s not impossible to imagine that Kojima wants him for his rumored Xbox horror game. That being said, it is just as likely the Death Stranding Director’s Cut could set up a sequel for the actor’s return.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut will be released on September 24, 2021, for PlayStation 5.
Source: Hideo Kojima/Twitter