It’s officially been half a year since the last Game Awards show, and that means it’s also been half a year since Death Stranding 2 was officially revealed. As expected with Hideo Kojima’s projects, the last teaser left fans with plenty of questions with answers that likely won’t be made clear until the game is finally released. The Death Stranding 2 reveal strictly kept itself vague in terms of story elements, with no hints provided in terms of gameplay.


Naturally, this has left many future DS2 players guessing as to what the game could be about, and what’s in store for Sam Bridges in his strange world. One of the things that has kept players guessing about Kojima’s new title is the fact that Elle Fanning has been cast as one of the performers. However, there hasn’t been much of anything as far as news for Death Stranding 2 goes since the teaser was shown to the public. Luckily, one big opportunity is coming up that may be the perfect chance for Kojima to show more of what DS2 will offer gamers.

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Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest


In 2020, Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards fame worked with developers and publishers to create Summer Game Fest, an event that ran from May to August to help give gaming companies a place to present what they were working on in the place of the canceled physical E3 2020 event. Now, E3 has once again been cancelled for 2023, and numerous developers and publishers have announced that they’ll have something to present at SGF instead. What once was an event designed to help the gaming industry in the absence of E3 is now almost set to take its place.

What makes Summer Game Fest important when it comes to Death Stranding 2 is that Summer Game Fest is like the “Christmas in July” to The Game Awards’ big world premieres and exclusive reveals. The two go hand-in-hand, and it seems reasonable for a game in development like DS2 to release teasers in summer and winter at both events to keep fans excited and interested. This rings especially true for Kojima, who’s friends with Keighley himself.

Hideo Kojima’s History With The Game Awards

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Kojima has a rather strong history with Geoff Keighley’s events, even if Death Stranding itself doesn’t. Death Stranding had shown a considerable amount of teasers and trailers at previous E3 events, but Kojima did make numerous appearances at the Game Awards to promote his game during development. One prominent moment at the awards show saw Kojima finally being able to obtain the Best Action/Adventure Game award for Metal Gear Solid 5 back in 2016 after being unable to the year previously due to legal issues with Konami.

Needless to say, the circumstances behind Kojima’s award in 2015 and 2016 have intimately linked the Game Awards with the founding of Kojima Productions, so it’s only reasonable that Keighley’s connections would help encourage Kojima to promote Death Stranding at his events. It’s likely that the major Death Stranding teasers being shown at E3 was part of Sony’s contract with Kojima Productions, but now, E3 is stuck in a rather difficult rut with no show this year.

With no other shows available to promote DS2, along with Kojima and Keighley’s rather prominent friendship, it’s very likely that it will show up in some way, shape, or form during the event, and it’s likely to be a teaser of some kind. After all, DS2 was revealed at Keighley’s Game Awards show, so it would not be surprising if Kojima did another favor for his friend. Fans should most definitely keep an eye out for a trailer from Keighley himself, which will likely showcase a number of the titles that will appear at the showcase. If Sam Bridges, Fragile, or Lou appear, then it’s almost guaranteed that the next bit of information about DS2 will come from Summer Game Fest.

Death Stranding 2 is currently in development.

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