Monday night, Sony revealed at the E3 Press Conference that The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus is starring in Hideo Kojima’s next game. You probably already knew that; if you didn’t click on a post called “Norman Reedus’ Digitized Butt Stars In Hideo Kojima’s Next Game, Death Stranding” then it’s like I don’t even know you anymore.
The Reedus-Kojima collaboration is a long time coming. The two were working with Guillermo del Toro on the awesome-looking Silent Hills, which was senselessly cancelled by Konami. Reedus said a collaboration still “has to happen” and Konami pretended Kojima was just on vacation right up until he announced he had left to work with Sony on a new game. Then Reedus and Kojima reunited for mysterious reasons, as seen in the Twitter picture above. Then we noticed a character in the upcoming Sony game looked an awful lot like Reedus in a mask. Now it’s confirmed; that is Reedus in Death Stranding.
And to make matters even more entertaining, just after the game’s trailer was revealed at E3, Reedus did a bit of a victory lap on his Instagram:
It’s a photoshop, to be sure. But we love the thought of Hideo Kojima making a customized mug to hold a warm salty beverage of Konami tears. And we love that Reedus choose to share this photoshop just moments after Sony and Kojima announced the Reedus-starring game at E3.
Perhaps our reaction can best be summed up with GIFs:
We are nothing if not exceedingly mature.