See The First Look At Death Stranding 2

Hideo Kojima celebrates the 7th anniversary of his production company with a preview shot of Death Stranding 2.

By Jason Collins | Updated

The legendary Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, has shared a poster for his recently announced Death Stranding 2 and a special message of gratitude to celebrate Kojima Productions’ 7th anniversary. The new poster features an octopus inside a BB pod — to some, this might be bizarre, but for those familiar with Kojima’s work, the poster is just another Tuesday at the office.

The poster was shared via Twitter, and the celebration began with a tour of Kojima Productions’ new office space in Tokyo before the legendary game maker made an appearance to tease a little more about Death Stranding 2 and other upcoming projects. The poster was shared a bit later and features a pair of hands holding a BB pod, with what appears to be an octopus contained inside — the exact meaning of this still remains unknown, but other posters that were subsequently shared credit the game’s cast, including The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, and Maleficent’s star Elle Fanning.

Those familiar with the original Death Stranding might find the BB pod poster particularly interesting, as its purpose depicts the grim setting of the game. Namely, the pod is used to house a Bridge Baby — an unborn fetus — and it was designed to replace the environment from which a Bridge Baby was taken: its mother’s womb. Bridge Babies are the result of a pregnant woman becoming brain dead, which facilitates the unborn child’s connection with the Beach, the place between the world of the living and what comes next.

Bridge Babies have the ability to sense and detect Beached Things — antimatter entities formed from the souls of the dead who failed to cross the Beach into the world of the dead. They’re extremely dangerous and hostile toward living things, which is why BBs are used for their detection. Death Stranding 2’s posters depict Lea Seydoux’s character holding an infant/toddler, so it’s quite possible that the BB from the first game was “released” from its pod and integrated into whatever remained of human society.

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Norman Reedus in Death Stranding

Death Stranding 2 will continue the story of the original 2019’s Death Stranding, with what appears to be an older Sam Bridges and Fragile, portrayed by Norman Reedus and Lea Seydoux, respectively. In addition to the octopus being trapped inside a BB pod, the upcoming game has all the hallmarks of the Hideo Kojima title, including mechs and giant floating structures. Kojima stated that he had to rewrite the already complete script for the game from scratch due to similarities with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The original game was also linked to the pandemic in the context of loneliness and solitude of the lockdowns imposed on people, as well as shortages of various goods and people stockpiling food and other necessities. It was released in late 2019, just before the lockdowns began, which led many to joke about Kojima’s prophetic game, prompting the legendary game creator to revisit the entirety of the script he had written for Death Stranding 2. The game still doesn’t have an official release date, and Kojima hasn’t offered any more details regarding the upcoming title.