From Musicians to Movie Directors: What Other Celebrities May Appear in Death Stranding
We suspect many visitors of Kojima Productions’ Tokyo office and other famous Kojima’s friends whose noticeable role or a small cameo in the upcoming game is quite possible
Death Stranding already stars a lot of famous people — Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lindsay Wagner, but there may be even more of them by the time of the game’s release.
At the opening ceremony of Gamescom 2019, Hideo Kojima openly stated that there will be a large number of celebrity cameos in Death Stranding, similar to how the host of the event, Geoff Keighley, was added to the game as an NPC.
The cult game designer is not shy about adding things or people you like to your games — landscapes you love during your travels, his friends from the cinema world, and a song written by a Finnish metal band.
Considering all of this, it’s logical to assume that people who Kojima considers his friends, comrades and simply admire will be guest-starring in Death Stranding. Over the course of Kojima’s 56 years-long life, there are many of them.
In order to become a part of Death Stranding, a potential star has to sit out the scanning procedure (which most often takes place in the Kojima’s studio). For example, Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn had to go through this.
Del Toro said that the scanning is a thorough operation (it requires numerous pictures of both the face and body), and specifically, in his case, it took almost the whole day. We may assume that less time-consuming options are possible for simple cameos, as Guillermo’s appearance was used for one of the main characters, Deadman.
Luckily for us, Kojima likes to show off important visitors to Kojima Productions Tokyo headquarters on his Twitter, so it wasn’t that hard to pick up candidates for potential cameos in the game.
People who are almost guaranteed to appear
The smallest category of Kojima friends and mates — the people listed below went through the scanning procedure and will almost certainly appear in Death Stranding in one way or another.
A woman in the image below is probably the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who played Elizabeth Shaw in the films Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. On the same day, Kojima published photos with the Rapas’ movie props from Prometheus:
Kojima himself also went through the scanning procedure and was already spotted in the game as one of the “oil” people in the TGA 2017 trailer. The game designer also appeared in his games before Death Stranding.
Other famous guests of Kojima Productions with high chances of making a cameo
There are significantly more famous visitors to Kojima Productions, who have no public evidence of going through potential scans. However, all of the people listed below have a chance to be in Death Stranding, as they are people that Kojima strongly admires.
Members of the Scottish synth-pop group Chvrches, whose album Love is Dead Kojima "listened to most often" in 2018:
An American TV host and a comedian Conan O'Brien:
Park Chan-wook, the director of Oldboy:
Nattawut Poonpiriya, the director of Bad Genius:
Shinya Tsukamoto, a cult-classic Japanese director, whose newest movie Killer premiered in theaters last September:
A writer Yuji Sakamoto and a writer-novelist Manabu Makime:
French game blogger and, by Kojima’s own admission, his "best friend" Julien Chieze. Pals also met at Gamescom 2019:
A model Mala Morgan has been repeatedly seen in Kojima’s company even outside his studio:
Errolson Hugh, the creator of Acronym clothes brand:
Members of the band Bring Me the Horizon also visited the office:
Jean-François Rey, a famous designer of glasses and the creator of his own brand Jean-François Rey Glasses:
No less interesting group of Kojima Productions’s guests are game developers. Often they don’t have much time for overseas flights, so a visit to a Japanese studio may indicate something.
Jade Raymond, a former producer of Assassin’s Creed and head of the studio Motive, now a lead manager of Stadia Games and Entertainment:
Cory Barlog, the director of God of War (2018), visited Kojima after he finished the game’s development:
Ted Price, the founder of Insomniac Games, visited Kojima Productions after the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man:
Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of famous gaming franchises Kirby and Super Smash Bros.:
Kojima’s longtime friend and an iconic designer Kyle Cooper — he’s the one who created the Death Stranding logo:
Shuhei Yoshida, the president of SIE Worldwide Studios, probably visited the office due to work issues, but we’ll also count him in for a potential cameo:
Another Kojima’s business partner is Guerrilla Games managing director Hermen Hulst, who gifted the game designer a USB flash drive with Decima engine’s source code for Death Stranding:
Other people that Kojima might’ve considered for a cameo
During the development of Death Stranding Kojima managed to make many new mates and meet old friends. The people listed below have the least chance of being in the game (but they still have).
In October 2018, Kojima visited Valve and met with its president, Gabe Newell:
The previous director of Platinum Games, Tatsuya Minami:
Akihiro Hino, the founder and director of the Japanese studio Level-5 (the Ni no Kuni series):
Claire Boucher, known in the music industry as Grimes — a famous Canadian singer:
Of course, Hideo Kojima's acquaintances don’t end with this list, so many different people have a slim yet real chance to appear in Death Stranding.
Since 2016, fans have been suggesting that Death Stranding is just an excuse for the game designer to scan his friends for the upcoming video game. Whether it’s true or not, we will find out on November 8, 2019.