Death Stranding: Mads Mikkelsen's Role May Not Be What You Think

From IGN - December 7, 2017
By Daniel Robson

Mads Mikkelsen has revealed a little insight into his character in Death Stranding. Talking to IGN Japan during Tokyo Comic Con last weekend, he avoided giving away specifics, but hinted that his character may not simply be a villain as many have assumed. That is, if Hideo Kojimas past form is anything to go by.

The characters are very dualistic in (Kojimas) games: There is no such thing as a bad guy or a good guy in his games, Mikkelsen said.

It is all a challenge; you have to go through these characters to achieve certain things. And its also a learning curve, and they will be an obstacle for you sometimes, and sometimes they will be a help for you.

Mikkelsen went on to suggest that the roles of Death Strandings characters may shift as the plot unfolds. (Kojimas) games are not as black and white as Hollywood is sometimes, he said. So there are more nuances of gray in his world. Youll have to encounter these characters in different ways throughout the game.

The story of Death Stranding, which is expected sometime before 2019, is shrouded in mystery. Since Mikkelsens biggest roles have been playing villains or conflicted characters, and with his somewhat ominous appearance in Death Strandings trailer from December 2016, it has been commonly assumed that he will portray the antagonist.

Speaking on what attracted him to the project, Mikkelsen told IGN Japan, Well, him (Kojima), and the fact that he is the Einstein of the gaming world. Everybody knows him. My son heard about this offer and he went, Woah, are you serious?! Hes just a legend in this world.


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