With the release of Death Stranding in sight, Kojima shared a timeline of the game’s development during the course of its first year. Kojima Productions was formally established in December of 2015, and construction of the studio happened while Kojima was busy recruiting staff, finding a game engine and doing 3D scanning and performance capture.
Some new behind-the-scenes photos were also shared by several people involved in the project. Kojima posted some photos of the 3D scanning process of Nicolas Winding Refn, who will appear as the character Heartman in the game (as with Guillermo del Toro, the acting will be done by someone else).
“I asked my bestie, Nicolas, to be “HEARTMAN” in DS as special guest. We 3D scanned his head, body, and facial expressions to make his 3D model, but his acting and voice are done by a different performer, same as with Guillermo.”
Kojima and his assistant Ayako Terashima continued to share some other photos of the various actors appearing in the game.
“This is the day we filmed Mads singing which he’s never done in his career before. You can only see him singing in DEATH STRANDING!” – Ayako Terashima
Here is one from Darren Jacobs, one of the game’s actors recently announced in the trailer.
And two more pictures shared by Tommie Earl Jenkins, who plays the character Die-Hardman (Sam’s boss).
“Working with Hideo Kojima will go down as one of my most incredible career experiences. Pure magic. Thank you sir.” – Tommie Earl Jenkins
On a related note, in the days leading up to the release date reveal, members of the Kojima Productions team posted several videos looking back at some of the milestones in the past few years.
Hosted by Aki Saito, Kenji Yano and Ayako Terashima, some of the subjects that are touched upon are the foundation of the studio and Death Stranding’s previous trailer reveals.
Death Stranding will be available for PlayStation 4 on November 8 of 2019. Go here for an overview of the different versions that are available.