Even though fans are unaware of when Death Stranding will release and don’t know much about the game’s overall plot and mechanics, the forthcoming title from Kojima Productions is easily one of the PS4’s most highly anticipated exclusives. Up to this point, director Hideo Kojima has been content to eke out details about the project through vague statements in the press, comments at developer forums, and carefully constructed posts on social media meant to dole out clues about what’s to come. Now, the latest hint could indicate that the game will introduce a new female character.
As seen in the tweet below from the official Kojima Productions Twitter account, the company behind Death Stranding not only thanked fans for their support and wished that they have a great 2018, but also the studio attached a drawing of a female version of its mascot, Ludens. Instead of the character’s full astronautical garb hiding their humanity, though, the potentially bionic woman is depicted with her helmet and mask off, while her left arm and right leg are exposed as well.
Happy new year 2018! May it be a great year for all of you. Thanks for all your support; it's what keeps us going! pic.twitter.com/qVZNmeCGI3
— Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) December 31, 2017
Naturally, Kojima Productions’ tweet doesn’t explicitly indicate that Death Stranding will eventually reveal a female character. However, considering the fact Hideo Kojima has previously said that “the game has already begun” in relation to fans connecting the dots between the cryptic clues found within the game’s trailers, its promotional art, and in the director’s posts online, it’s highly likely the decision to show Ludens as a female has some sort of significance for the game.
This isn’t the first instance of speculation regarding a female character coming to Death Stranding, as many fans have hypothesized that Emma Stone could be revealed as having a role in the game due to Hideo Kojima’s immense admiration for the actress. Plus, even though thespian is more recognizable with her red hair, she’s been known to dye it for plenty of parts–she went blonde for both Cameron Crowe’s movie Aloha and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film Birdman, for instance–so she could definitely pull off the female Ludens’ look with aplomb.
All things considered, there’s no telling what kind of official Death Stranding details 2018 will bring, or if the speculation regarding a possible female character holds any weight. Nevertheless, the first tweet of the year from Kojima Productions has definitely provided plenty of food for thought, and there’s still a surprise 2018 announcement from Kojima on the way that could shed even more light on the game.
Death Stranding is currently in development for PlayStation 4, but lacks an official release date.
Source: Kojima Productions – Twitter