The Game Awards 2022 are officially over, and Geoff Keighley and the crew absolutely did not disappoint. One of the night’s biggest surprises came when legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima took the stage to unveil his next project, Death Stranding 2.

The highly-anticipated sequel takes fans back to Kojima’s post-apocalyptic U.S.A., promising to be even crazier than the original. The first official teaser trailer was also revealed during the presentation, which you can check out below:

WHAT DID KOJIMA REVEAL ABOUT DEATH STRANDING 2?

The official teaser trailer for Death Stranding 2 was featured as one of the numerous World Premieres at The Game Awards ceremony. In typical Kojima fashion, the teaser left fans with more questions than answers.

The lengthy Death Stranding 2 tease shows the return of Léa Seydoux’s Fragile, now seemingly healed from her previous encounter with Higgs and Timefall that left her body disfigured. She’s now caring for a small child, one that we can only assume is Lou, but nothing’s confirmed.

Drawbridge rising from tar

A mysterious group invades their compound, and Fragile flees with the baby, using an awesome futuristic unicycle to escape. The soldiers manage to shoot Fragile, causing her to crash. Kojima then dials the weirdness up to 100 as we see Fragile, bleeding black goo from her eyes, and a mutated Bridge Baby in a red-tinted pod.

Just when you think the trailer is over, we get a shot of a mysterious figure walking up some stairs, and Norman Reedus returns as Sam Bridges! An older Sam, now sporting an incredible gray hair-beard combo, looks out on a sea of tar as Fragile summons a massive helicarrier-type station from underneath the goo. She tells him that it’s time he meets her crew. Presumedly, she’s rebuilt her company as she set out to do at the end of Death Stranding. She then says that it’s time for Sam to go on another journey.

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As the trailer ends, we get a look at the return of legendary voice actor Troy Baker as Higgs. He’s sporting a completely new look, including upgraded armor, longer hair, and a mask that eerily resembles Amelie. He’s also rocking a badass futuristic electric guitar as he ominously sings the trailer to a close.

Higgs playing the guitar

Following the trailer, Kojima joined Keighley on stage, revealing while he had the initial story for Death Stranding 2 written, he completely rewrote it after experiencing the COVID pandemic. He jokingly stated that he hopes not to predict the future this time around. Kojima Productions released Death Stranding in late 2019, and not long after, the world shut down with people isolated similarly to those in the game’s post-apocalyptic environment.

Kojima also teased more projects in the works, one being a brand-new video game he’s experimenting with. We’re not sure what exactly that means, but if it’s a unique idea straight from his brain, you can guarantee that it will be incredibly bizarre in the best way possible. He didn’t say anything but hopes to reveal more information on his upcoming projects soon. If you’re in need of more Kojima in your life – and be honest, who isn’t? – you can check out his new podcast, Brain Structure.

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Unfortunately, no release date accompanied the reveal of Death Stranding 2, so we’re probably looking at a 2024 release date at the earliest.

Death Stranding 2 - Fragile

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