Death Stranding

Death Stranding

'Death Stranding' will be released before the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kojima Productions - the Japanese company behind the forthcoming title - has announced that the game will drop within the next four years.

Taking to its official Twitter account, Kojima bosses wrote: "Yes, Death Stranding has a set release date. Duh, how else would we be able to set a budget? ... Before the Tokyo Olympic Games."

And the firm's teasers didn't stop there as bosses then went on to share that the game will feature a new form of "co-op play."

They said: "Straight from the event: Death Stranding will feature a new form of co-op play but will of course be fully playable in single player."

And, although there's still a while to go before it's ready to drop, casting for the title is well underway, although details are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being.

They explained: "Death Stranding's casting is still under way... Will there be a heroine? Who should play her? (sic)"

Hideo Kojima - the mastermind behind the game - recently revealed 'Death Stranding' is inspired by Japanese author Kobo Abe's work.

He said: "A strand in psychology is often used to refer to ties or chains. So how all the crabs [in the trailer] have this weird umbilical chord and how the baby is tied to Norman is a representation of this.

"There's a Japanese author I am a huge fan of called Kobo Abe. He has a short novel called 'Rope' in which he makes a definition, a statement: the first tool mankind made was a stick. It was made to keep away bad things. It's a weapon. The next tool created by mankind was rope. The rope is not to keep away bad things. On the contrary, it's a tool used to keep good things close to you, to tie good things close to you. Sticks and ropes are some of the tools most used by mankind even these days. In most games you see that are online multiplayer or co-op - or even single player - the communication is through sticks. In this game you will be able to use what will be the equivalent of sticks. But I also want people to use what will be the equivalent of ropes."