Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been watching Hideo Kojima direct cutscenes for Death Stranding and claims they will "melt your eyeballs." Death Stranding will be Kojima's first game following his high-profile split from publisher Konami. Kojima was with the company for close to 3 decades, where he created the iconic series Metal Gear Solid. The franchise's mix of outlandish storylines and stealth over action made it a huge hit, with Kojima writing and directing all the main titles, and overseeing spinoffs.
That all changed during development on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Konami's business model moved from AAA console games to focus on mobile titles and was apparently frustrated with the rising cost of The Phantom Pain's development. This led to a falling out between creator and publisher, with Konami forcing Kojima to complete the game under constant surveillance; they also cancelled his highly anticipated horror sequel Silent Hills, which Kojima was co-directing with Guillermo del Toro.
Once Kojima left the company, he went almost straight into development on a new, PlayStation 4 exclusive game called Death Stranding. Little is known about the story, with the enigmatic trailers doing little to spell things out. The game stars Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) has been spending some time with Kojima while he directs cutscenes for the game. In short, he's very excited with what he's seen so far.
Vogt-Roberts is a huge fan of both Kojima and the Metal Gear Solid series and has been attached to direct a Metal Gear movie for some time. The director has spoken in the past of how his planned movie won't be a straight adaptation of any particular title in the series. With the commercial disappointment of recent spinoff Metal Gear Survive – the first post-Kojima game – and no talk of further games, it seems the movie might be the only current Metal Gear project on the horizon.
Death Stranding also reunites Kojima with Reedus and del Toro following the cancellation of Silent Hills. That game was announced with a demo dubbed P.T. (aka Playable Teaser) in 2014, which was a terrifying little game in its own right. Despite the praise it received, Silent Hills was one of the earliest casualties of the Konami/Kojima split, and there's been no sign of further Silent Hill games since.
At least with the key creative team reuniting for Death Stranding, players will get some sense of what could have been.
Source: Jordan Vogt-Roberts