After confirming its no show at E3 this year, you could be forgiven for thinking that Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding was no more than a fancy CGI trailer that was many years away from actually being a thing. But that isn't the case, and Sony's Shawn Layden spoke on the topic.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the President of Sony Interactive America briefly touched on the absence of Death Stranding whilst discussing Sony's overall E3 performance, and its muted response. When asked whether the game actually existed outside of two trailers shown to date, he responded:
'No, no - it's up and running, it’s been aided tremendously after Kojima-San decided to co-opt the Decima engine from Guerrilla [that powered Horizon Zero Dawn]. And, gosh, that really gave him a leg up to get up and running and test it and have some prototype levels running. I couldn’t explain to you what the game is…'
Following some probing from the interviewer, Layden revealed that 'I have actually played some of it.'
When the Telegraph asked 'And is it as revolutionary as Kojima-San is promising?' Layden replied 'All that and more!' and confirmed the game 'actually exists.'
So there you have it. Death Stranding is a thing. It does exist, and someone has actually played it. We know it is due to come out sometime before 2019, but there are no other concrete details as of yet.