Death Stranding has attracted a lot of fan theories, and Hideo Kojima has been reading them

Death Stranding’s ambiguous teaser trailer has certainly set tongues wagging across the web following its debut at Sony’s E3 2016 presser, and sure enough, fans have been busy developing theories as to what it all might be about. 

Pleasingly, this has attracted the attention of creator Hideo Kojima, who has been sifting through some of the theories gamers have been cooking up. 

Addressing some of the theories in a chat with Eurogamer, Kojima-san shot down one fan’s interpretation, which conjectured that the baby in the trailer is a clone of Norman Reedus’ character.

I read that one! That one is off,” he replied. 

Kojima-san did make a point of saying he’s happy that fans have been scrutinizing the tags around the main character’s neck, which contain all manner of scientific equations. 

What I will say is, I wanted people to find those…” he replied. 

Death Stranding coming to PS4, but is still a long ways off

Finally, the legendary game designer dismissed theories about the trailer representing Kojima-san parting ways with Metal Gear following his public fallout with publisher Konami.

Part of the trailer is based on the song ‘I’ll Keep Coming’ [by Icelandic band Low Roar]. I will keep coming; Norman Reedus and [long-time design collaborator] Kyle Cooper will keep coming back; waves are a big theme. As for Konami? I thought people might link it but there’s no connection in there,” he said. 

Death Stranding is in development at Kojima Productions’ newly-established independent outfit, and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Kojima-san has described the title as an action game, albeit a very different one.

No release date has been given for the project yet, although considering it’s only just entering full production—Kojima-san was still in the process of deciding on a game engine prior to E3—it won’t be hitting shelves anytime soon .