A subtle Easter egg referencing Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has recently resurfaced thanks to Cyberpunk 2077 players returning for the acclaimed Phantom Liberty expansion. The hidden nod to Kojima’s latest game apparently eluded many initially but is now garnering attention online years later.
The Easter egg stems from a 2020 collaboration between studios CD Projekt Red and Kojima Productions. They cross-promoted their respective titles Cyberpunk 2077 and Death Stranding with small in-game additions.
Death Stranding received Cyberpunk 2077 costume DLC for its PC port. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red added Death Stranding’s signature orange BB pod to a clinic during the game’s Hunt side job.
Reddit user deddyduck_22 recently posted their discovery of the pod after missing it originally at launch. The post’s popularity indicates numerous players were unaware of its inclusion despite several years having passed.
Kojima Also Cameos as Hotel Bar Patron ‘Oshima’ in Game
Beyond the pod model, director Hideo Kojima himself also cameos in Cyberpunk 2077 under the alias Oshima. Early in The Heist mission, players can find him in a hotel bar and interact briefly.
Kojima cameos and collaborates often with directors and studios he admires. This rare appearance followed a 2019 cameo in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old To Die Young series. He also had a small role in Refn’s recent show Copenhagen Cowboy.
Creative crossovers like Cyberpunk 2077’s Death Stranding nods highlight the shared artistic passion within the industry. As gaming matures, these appreciative references to fellow creators’ works may become commonplace. The recent 2.0 update has been keeping fans busy with excitement and Phantom Liberty actually launches today!
The highly anticipated expansion is set to revive a wounded title, and it even got the full show treatment at the recent Gamescom 2023 event where the final trailer was unveiled to the public.
It’s unsurprising some missed such subtle touches initially. But their later rediscovery demonstrates how layered and rich these interactive worlds can be. Even years later, returning players can stumble upon undiscovered details that make fictional universes feel more fully realised.
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The sci-fi game’s world builder Mike Pondsmith once said every artist builds on the shoulders of those before them. This Easter egg honouring Kojima’s work embodies that spirit – an earnest tribute from one bold visionary to another.
Cyberpunk 2077 is out now on Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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