Death Stranding: Mads Mikkelsen Talks About Working With and Being Confused By Kojima

"He's the Kasparov of video games."

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[UPDATE] In an interview with BirthMoviesDeath, Mikkelsen shared a little more on working with Kojima for Death Stranding. Like the rest of us, he doesn't totally understand what the game is all about.

"I mean, you know (Kojima). He's a very brilliant man. I mean ... the stuff he told me? I only understood some of it," Mikkelsen said. "There was a lot of (mimes being baffled) 'What?' I have to see it before I understand. Because with Death Stranding, he's creating something completely new."

The original story is below.

One of the most intriguing parts of the new Death Stranding trailer was the confirmation that Hannibal and Star Wars: Rogue One actor Mads Mikkelsen is in the game. Now, Mikkelsen has spoken about working with Kojima and why he was drawn to the project in the first place.

"Kojima is a master," he told IGN as part of the Rogue One press tour. "He's the Kasparov of video games. He's such a visionary person. [Working on a video game] was just something I'd never crossed before, so it was a wonderful opportunity to dive into that world."

The Kasparov Mikkelsen is referring to is Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov.

In the new Death Stranding trailer, released last week at The Game Awards, it is suggested that Mikkelsen's character is the antagonist (something Kojima himself later confirmed). And he has some unique abilities; remember those tentacle things? Asked by IGN to provide more details on the character, Mikkelsen declined, saying official announcements will come later.

At PlayStation Experience this weekend, it was confirmed that Death Stranding will run on Killzone and Horizon: Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games' Decima engine.

Mikkelsen isn't the only Hollywood talent in Death Stranding, as the newest trailer also revealed that Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro will be in it in some form. The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is also in the game; he's the playable character.

For more on Death Stranding, check out all of GameSpot's previous coverage here.

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NeaCampbell

Don't worry Mr. Mikkelsen, many of us fans follow Hideo Kojima and his games closely, play them extensively and pour in hours of researching and combing through numbers of theories and conspiracies.
And even we don't get all of them ourselves.

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esqueejy

Confused by Kojima? So he's as incoherent in real life as his stories are in his games? Small surprise there I suppose. Make no mistake: I love his games and MGS5 was really a great achievement but my god, the guy's story telling is either deliberately made obtuse and convoluted or he's on "the spectrum."

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ftskamins

I 'd like to think that most adult gamers know who Kasparov is...I really do!!

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collbanth

@ftskamins: really? What would make you assume that?

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ftskamins

@collbanth: all the gamers I know( I am 35 yrs old) have a substantially wider field of knowledge than the non gamers, i dont know why is that but i think Kasparov for chess is like Rudolf Nureyev for dance or Chopin for music.We have all heard about them.....Kasparov vs the Deep Blue pc? in 1997 all the news in the world talked about how a pc finally won him....
I am getting too old(for gaming sites) i guess

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collbanth

@ftskamins: I think it just depends on interests. I'm into music, so I've known about Chopin since I was a kid... not so much about chess and dance though. Yeah, I remember the chess battle with the PC, but I could never in a million years remember the name lol.

Of course, the only time I've ever play checkers or chess is when there's a wait at cracker barrel lol.

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GunEye

Wanna know what those is about?

I think you know the answer...

Nano-Parasite-machines, SON.

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k00lenkrazey

Kojima never disappoints me.

Ok Mgs5 wasn't that bad!

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proceeder

@k00lenkrazey: It wasn't, but, every1 was expecting more from his team.

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collbanth

@proceeder: in terms of what, exactly? It was one of the best open world games ever made. The only problem was that it wasn't finished story wise, with mission 51 missing and all.

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k00lenkrazey

@collbanth: Agree, Metal Gear Solid 5 in my opinion is the perfect stealth action game. Its game play is refined to excellence and I could just imagine how much of a masterpiece the game would have been if the story matched the gameplay. If only the story didn't revolve around a dumb twist.

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FanboyMan

DS is a very intriguing game, it looks like a Silent Hills and Metal Gear spiritual successor (which like many Kojima productions makes no sense on paper). I'm very excited to learn what's going on in this game and the crazy story that will probably leave me more confused than when I started by the end.

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itchyflop

I have admiration for kojima and the diverse intrigue of his games, giving us something special through the years.

like the 1st metal gear on the famicom and because of hardware constraints had to make something different, leading to stealth, this only adds to the brilliance.

This is way out there with the baby thing going on.

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proceeder

Please Kojima, don't make another "Beyond 2 Souls"!

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Litchie

I hope it's not a 50% movie.

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proceeder

@Litchie: It's criticisms of half-hearted consumers like yours that alienates the fans.

MGS 4 was a way better game than MGS V, with all its cutscenes. Also, MGS 2 was my favorite and perahps the best critically acclaimed installment in the series, which had an hour long cutscene.

If you don't like cutscenes, skip them.

I'm all for freedom of speech. But, Kojima and his team have a sense of style that I hate to see abandoned just to appeal to the masses.

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collbanth

@proceeder: It might have a better story, but the gameplay goes hands down to MGSV.

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FanboyMan

@proceeder: Thank you for saying that, Kojima games are memorable for their unique stories and impressive (sometimes long) cutscenes as well as fun gameplay.

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proceeder

@proceeder: Nobody told Michel Angelo: "nice work, but does it have to be nude?"

Let the artist create and his/her imagination run wild.

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Meta_sentinel

Kojima makes great games but he should tap the talent at Naughty dog for story telling. There are subtle ways to approach story telling where less is more without the need for mind games which ultimately end up muddled, confused and nonsensical. At the end of the day, gamers will enjoy the game play and not give a **** about the story then move on to the next game on their backlog.

I enjoyed Metal Gear Solid (played all entries) and remember the very basic plot but the whole story is just a confused mess that I couldn't care less about understanding much less remember.

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ILSATS

@meta_sentinel: That's his style of story telling. Naughty Dog follow the movie-like way, their story is simple and in a logical timeline, focusing in only a few characters, easy to follow and understand. On the other hand, Kojima loves to mindfuck and makes people think hard if they want to understand parts of his stories and hidden meanings behind them.

If you can't follow his stories, then it's probably not for you. For many others, his storytelling is simply genius. That's how he attracted Mads and Norman.

You're wrong about the "Gamers only care about gameplay and will move on". Kojima and his Metal Gear series did not become legend for nothing.

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Meta_sentinel

@ILSATS:

I get that you are subscribed to Kojima woship. I don't so we can agree to disagree.

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TacticaI

@meta_sentinel: Regardless the point stands, because Kojima simply wouldn't be who he is if he took the kind of advice you just proposed. You don't have to be a fan to know that.

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@ILSATS: Kojima's stories are overrated.even the characters in his games aren't his ideas.(he copied snake from snake plissken)

the only original character that he made was raiden whom you fanboys can't stop hating.

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collbanth

@dorog1995: If you think his story telling is to hard to follow or too confusing, that's fair. But you can't deny his genius when it comes to actual gameplay and the intuitive stuff he adds to his games.

As for ripping off characters, everything is influenced by one thing or another. I noticed you have a starwars avatar in your profile-- you don't think Lucas was influenced or ripped his ideas from other things? Come on.

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ILSATS

@dorog1995: Copy ? Aside from the name and the eyepatch, there is nothing much similar between the 2 and their stories. Kojima took Snake Plissken inspiration to make Big Boss (aka Snake), but he did not "copy". Inspirations like this are everywhere, in fiction or movies.

"Only original character" is Raiden ? You are joking, right ? I hope you are, for your sake.

But of course, why do I respond to hater like you, who can only bring up stupid argument with no good reasons behind it ?

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@ILSATS: actually, Kojima has done more than an inspiration. at that much that they could have sue konami:

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/100732/20151028/john-carpenter-could-have-sued-konami-for-metal-gear-solid-similarities.htm

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TacticaI

@dorog1995: Lol you clearly haven't played MGS or watched those movies, good try. Come back when you actually know what you're talking about.

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lightdevil

@dorog1995: I am sorry, but where exactly lies correlation between movies like escape from ..... and MGS? I played all games of the series and watched 2 movies - trying hard to find any resemblance at all. What exactly are they except main character? No, from my point of view story was good and unique until 4th entry. Then, yeah, they ran out of ideas and were like - ermmmm .... nanomachines. 4th was the worst imho.

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ojmstr

@meta_sentinel: Agreed

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LiveDreamPlay

I like the dark and gritty atmosphere. It's also ok that it's confusing now, but I hope they manage to make a complex and ironed out story in the end, unlike the usual Kojima mind-****-fests ...

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G4mBi7

The trailers did nothing for me, the cast so far has me interested. Interested to see actual gameplay. I could care less if the story is a convoluted mess if he gives me an amazon open world like he did in MGSV, frankly wish BF and COD took a hint with all the weapon and customization choices, there was so much freedom in the game that i hadn't been given before.

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panda1990

HAHAHA even this guy is got confused cause we know all Kojima is master of clusterfuck half-assed plot with holes LoL :)

no seriously Kojima needs editor & assistant scnario writer which is why Del Toro & Kojima Can work together / share their visions on directing the game which I highly doubt it it's gonna be fuckin awesome. Just think about it 😁😁😁

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lucidique

@panda1990: If anything, Kojima gave us stories that were out of the ordinary. While i do agree they don't always make perfect sense, or are easy to follow, i still think he has a style all his own and really is one of the best in the industry.

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LiveDreamPlay

@panda1990: Yeah I'm hoping that's why Guilermo is there.

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B0rn2Gam3

Considering Kojima has created two of my favorite game series ever (Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders) I'll more than likely enjoy Death Stranding as well, whatever it turns out to be. I'm very excited to learn more about it.

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spo562

Looks very cool. I can't wait to play it. :)

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Tangsta03

Pretty interesting now that the villain and the actor that plays him are far more important (at least in terms of marketing) than the main character, played by Norman Reedus.

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FanboyMan

@Tangsta03: Yeah, it's kind of like the Batman movies from the late 80s-90s where the Villains were always played by more recognizable actors than Batman.

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Prats1993

Somehow I just know that Nicolas Winding Refn convinced Mads to be a part of the project.

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