Today, Hideo Kojima, founder of developer Kojima Productions, announced that his highly-anticipated upcoming open-world action game, Death Stranding, will not be at E3 2017.
The news came via the following tweet from Kojima-san himself:
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 7, 2017
For those that don’t know: Death Stranding was first announced during Sony’s E3 2016 presser. In development for the PS4, it is poised to be the first game from the legendary game director — who most notably created the iconic Metal Gear franchise — and his company following the 2015 disbandment of Kojima Productions as a subsidiary of Konami. The studio now functions independently.
The game is apparently releasing sometime prior 2019; however, it is almost certain that it will hit near the very end of this given period, which makes this announcement not very surprising.
As you may know, the game notably features renown actors Norma Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, with its title being a reference to the cetacean stranding phenomenon.
That all being said, while Death Stranding itself won’t be present at the show, Kojima-san will, as he is scheduled to be a special guest at Geoff Keighley’s E3 Coliseum, where he will have a one-on-one session looking back on his career with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of Kong: Skull Island and talk about his cinematic influences.