Kojima preferred Mads Mikkelsen to Keanu Reeves for Death Stranding

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Last weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego Hideo Kojima was invited to talk about their next game, Death Stranding, and as you’d expect from the game’s developer, his presence brought with him some memorable moments.

First, Kojima told participants of the Master Storyteller panel at Comic-Con that Keanu Reeves was initially suggested for the lead role in his next game, but the author already had his heart turned to the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. The rest, as they say, is history.

Director Nicolas Winding Refn, who plays a character called Heartman in Death Stranding, also participated in the panel along with Kojima. During the chat that followed, Kojima told the audience that he wanted to create something new and avoid worn-out ideas.

“There is no reason to create something that is already there,” he said (via wccftech). “I want to create something that gives more inspiration to the world. Like Hollywood movies in which some do not live with you, people digest and consume. What I do is create something difficult to swallow when I digest my work.”

“This happens when I launch a game of mine or when Nicolas publishes a film, we receive criticism or praise. But you think about it ten years later, like Bladerunner or 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

He went on to add: “When I started my production for the first time, the simplest thing for me is to make a game where everyone is on an island and they shoot each other … Creativity is what moves you forward civilizations: we live in an era in which algorithms dictate the creativity that becomes almost insignificant.

According to Kojima, Death Stranding “is based on the way you connect”, which is an interesting response from a man who “started from scratch and was alone” after his divorce from Konami. We will find out exactly what this enigmatic title will come to PS4 on November 8th.