Death Stranding’s Norman Reedus has revealed he’s happy Silent Hills was never made as it allowed the game’s creator and director Hideo Kojima to release the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game.
Long before Kojima Productions began development on Death Stranding, the studio was tied Silent Hills which was in P.T. (Public testing) but was ultimately cancelled when Kojima split from Konami and took part of his studio with him. This led the game developer to turn to Death Stranding.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reedus, who was set to appear in Silent Hills as an unnamed protagonist, explained how he was disappointed when he was informed the Silent Hills game had been cancelled.
He said: “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.
“I like the fact that Silent Hills didn’t happen, to be honest, because I’ve gotten such a peek into the way he works and the way he thinks, and I’m completely blown away by this guy.”
Also in the interview, Reedus recalled what led him to appear in the video game, explaining how he received a phone call from Guillermo del Toro, who also stars in the game, who told him that somebody wanted him in a video game.
The phone call led Reedus to meet Kojima where he became involved in the Silent Hills video game. After the split from Konami, Reedus explains, Kojima approached him about a new video game.
“They came back and said Sony’s back in with Hideo and we’re going to make a brand-new game,” he explained. “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.”
He added: “I knew it was going to be a home run from the get-go.”
Death Stranding: A Polarising Game?
Death Stranding is just days away but the game seems to have already divided players and critics. The game’s first reviews were published last week and saw numerous critics praise the game’s storylines, graphics, acting, music and presentation.
However, many of the reviews criticised the “frustrating” and “slow-paced” gameplay while simultaneously applauding Kojima for the game’s unique concepts and for attempting a different kind of video game.
What’s more, Hideo Kojima revealed in a BBC mini-documentary released over the weekend that his production studio will focus on creating films in the future as streaming media becomes bigger and more popular.
Death Stranding, which stars Reedus and del Toro as well as actors Tommie Earl Jenkins, Léa Seydoux, Lindsay Wagner, Mads Mikkelsen, and Emily O’Brien, will be released this Friday (November 8) on PlayStation 4 with an early 2020 release date for Microsoft Windows.
Photo Credit: PlayStation / Death Stranding Trailer Screenshot.
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