This week, a team from Kojima Productions flew to New York to shoot Death Stranding material with Norman Reedus. Among them was Aki Saito, a new member of Kojima Productions who worked with Kojima on various Metal Gear games during their time at Konami. Now he’s Head of Marketing & Communications at Kojima Productions.
“I’m on board Kojima Productions! Starting in NY!’ – Aki Saito Twitter
“Aki is on board with us” – Hideo Kojima Twitter
“Coming to the studio straight from JFK airport!” – Ayako Twitter
After work, Kojima and co took the opportunity to visit the Nintendo World Store, where they transformed into the Mario Brothers.
“Hideo Kojima & Aki tonight.“ – Ayako Twitter
Shooting continued the next day.
A third day of shooting followed, and Saito seems to be impressed with what he has seen so far.
“Good morning! My 3rd day joining Kojima Productions, and the past 2 days is like…Oh My God….the game is…is…nothing I thought it was!” – Aki Saito Twitter“Yeah, I know…need to bulk up…” – Aki Saito Twitter“Ready to shoot, guys?” – Ayako Twitter
On December 13th, a fourth day of shooting took place.
“Short interview with Norman! He says the game is “Mind blowing, Epic, The Future, and Incredible.”” – Aki Saito Twitter“We are done for today’s session. I got the same Red 3D camera Hydrogen smartphone. Thanks Norman! Thanks Hydrogen!” – Hideo Kojima Twitter
“Bakauke at the studio.” – Hideo Kojima Twitter
“Norman was really generous, professional, and gave us a lot of ideas and effort!” – Aki Saito Twitter
Aki also promised to tweet more ‘game things’ as well, but we’ll have to wait until he is back in the office in Japan for that.
Source: Aki Saito Twitter, Ayako Twitter, Hideo Kojima Twitter