Where to find the Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima cameo and the Death Stranding Easter egg

Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima
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There's a Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima cameo as well as a nod to Death Stranding across two different missions for you to find. They're obvious when you know where to look but also easy to completely walk past. So if you're curious to see the famous director in-game, as well as find a blatant nod to Death Stranding, we can explain the missions you need - a main quest called The Heist, and a side mission for Detective River Ward called The Hunt - as well as the where what and when of how to find everything. So read on to track the Hideo Kojima cameo and unearth the Death Stranding Easter egg.

Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima cameo location

Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima

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During a mission called The Heist you'll check into a hotel with Jackie in preparation for a certain big job you've been planning for. Once you're in the building you'll have to follow Jackie for a while before being given the option to look around or go straight to your room. 

It's a timed choice so pick 'Gonna have a look around' quickly, which will open up the optional objective to 'Check out the hotel bar'. Do that as this is where you'll find Kojima - he's at a table to the back of the room and to the right of the pink bar, talking to a group of people. Here, specifically:

Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima

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If you walk closer you'll hear him talking about his work - trying to "surpass the expressive limitations of braindances", Cyberpunk 2077's mind altering video games. It's all very Kojima, here's what he says as you approach:  

"Thus far the biggest problem with braindance has been its expressive limitations - the scrolls are too simplistic. Laughter means comedy, horror means fear, and romance means love and passion. It's the same as movies that rely on genre tropes. There is more to capturing emotions than that, which is what my research team in Tokyo is currently working toward achieving. I want my productions to convey real, raw human emotion. For example, the feeling when you combine happiness with melancholy or being calm with an underlying sense of anxiety. These complex, realistic feelings and emotions are what I aspire to recreate… woven into much better stories, of course." 

Once he's done talking you'll be able to say hi and discover he's called Oshima in the game, before asking if you have a pitch for him. You can't do much more than that though. So once you've found him and bothered him a couple of times, just move on with the mission.

Cyberpunk 2077 Death Stranding Easter egg

Cyberpunk 2077 death stranding easter egg

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In order to find this Death Stranding Cyberpunk 2077 Easter egg you'll need to have completed a side mission called I Fought the Law where you meet Detective River Ward. Sometime after you've done that he'll call you back to ask for your help to  investigate a serial killer that appears to have taken his nephew. As part of this mission, called The Hunt, you'll break into a clinic researching braindances and dreams. Inside, look for a room with two giant white robot arms - between them, in a spotlight is a BB from Death Stranding on a pedestal. 

Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima

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If you head up and scan it you'll see a description that says it's a device that 'simulates the conditions in the uterus' and that it's intended use is to 'maintain the life of the BB and detect BTs'. 

Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima

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Fortunately there aren't any BTs to worry about, unless there's another Easter egg we're yet to find. For now at least, that's all the Kojima related secrets you can find in Cyberpunk 2077. 

Leon Hurley
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