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Almost anyone who visited Kojima Productions is probably going to be in Death Stranding

So Geoff Keighley is in Death Stranding, appearing in a cameo as a 'Prepper', a mission giving hologram. It's not a huge surprise given their close friendship, but it throws fuel on a popular fire - the theory that anyone that's been to visit the Tokyo studio is basically going to appear in the game. 

It's pretty obvious Kojima's been adding people he likes or admires to Death Stranding for a while: Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn, are two obvious examples. They've had their faces scanned, to be voiced and performed by other actors, and if Kojima's done it with them, he's probably done it with others. Either people less announcement trailer worthy, or just not revealed yet. He's likely been collecting faces like some sort of digital Ed Gein, adding them like lampshades to his game house. 

In fact we know he's scanning in celebs for... some reason. That's Baby Driver/Spaced director Edgar Wright visiting the studio up there in the top image. "Thank you for scanning me" he proudly writes on the wall. Why? Wright can't do anything with a scan of his face and it's a hell of a waste to set up all that gear, get in all the expert people who know how to use it, and digitise someone just to show off. 

This is what it looked like when Death Stranding Star Normal Reedus was scanned in: 

Norman Reedus face scan death stranding

(Image credit: Kojima Productions)

That's not the usual 'look at this cool thing I got' type of showing off, it's 'am I getting overtime' levels of someone else's problem. That said, the fact that Geoff Keighley, Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn are all in the game as digital puppets having their strings pulled by other actors is proof that A) Kojima wants them there, and B) they are into the idea. The other thing to take into account is that your average movie director or musician probably isn't going to nip over to see a game studio for fun when they have, like, actual jobs to be getting on with.  

So with that in mind, lets take a look at all the people that have visited Kojima Productions for no reason whatsoever...

Thens there's a whole collection of famous film directors who took time out to visit Kojima, for coffee and a catch up presumably. 

So that's Park Chan-wook, probably most famous for SnowPiercer, as well as The Vengeance trilogy which included Oldboy.  JA Bayona best known for The Orphanage, A Monster Calls and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Tommy Wirkola, whose best known films are probably Dead Snow and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. And, finally, Kong: Skull Island director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who admittedly could have visited because of his attachment to the Metal Gear Solid movie but also, no. 

And then there are the developers who visited. Okay, it's easier to explain them away as work related (especially Guerrilla's Angie Smets from the studio that provided Kojima's game engine). But at this point it's safe to assume the face scanner's just set up by the exit like an airport metal detector. Plus, most developers are insanely busy and can't exactly jet across the work for the hell of it. 

All will becomes clear when Death Stranding releases on November 8 but, the chances are, you should be prepared for more than a few 'wait, is that...?' moments. 

In former lives Leon's been a scientist, a musician and teacher, stints that included a shoe full of liquid nitrogen, a small tour of Germany and oh GOD so much marking.