Fans of Death Stranding caused quite the uproar when a seemingly leaked image of the game surfaced on 4chan and Reddit. The supposed leak spread by anonymous users on forums showed a character that looked a lot like Emma Stone who’s wearing an outfit and makeup similar to Mads Mikkelsen in the Death Stranding trailer. However, fans might have jumped the gun, as it was later revealed that the image came from a makeup tutorial video.
YouTube channel Glam and Gore posted a video that teaches fans how to have a look inspired by Death Stranding. It just so happened that the girl looks a bit like the La La Land actress, hence the speculation. Whether Emma Stone is actually in the game is up in the air, since the game already has three celebrities.
Death Stranding has Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and director Guillermo Del Toro, all of whom are big name celebrities. Reedus and Del Toro were supposed to help Hideo Kojima with Silent Hills, but it was cancelled for unknown, Konami-related reasons. When Emma Stone was shown in a seemingly leaked image, many thought she was just another celebrity for the game.
Now that we know it’s just a makeup tutorial, fans are probably disappointed in not seeing the gorgeous actress. Some fans might feel elated, since the constant barrage of celebrities could be too much, making the game feel gimmicky. With Hideo Kojima working on the game, no other big celebrities are needed to hype up the title, given his resume.
All the celebrity talk regarding Death Stranding has overshadowed the lack of any gameplay shown thus far. The game will be running on the Decima engine, which we saw in action during The Game Awards trailer. We definitely won’t see the game this year, but fans would love to see some gameplay of it fairly soon.
Kojima’s last game for Konami was the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain, which also faced some controversy. The company didn’t allow him to accept his award, one of the many questionable decisions the company has made. He will not be involved with the upcoming Metal Gear Survive, which looks like a typical zombie shooter with good visuals.
Death Stranding has no release date thus far, though we know it will be coming to the PS4 before 2019. As of this writing, there are barely any details about the game, though that could change when E3 comes along. Fans of Kojima owe it to themselves to check out Metal Gear Solid 5.