Death Stranding 2 Excludes Major Character, Kojima Confirms
Hideo Kojima has confirmed that actor Mads Mikkelsen will not reprise his role as Cliff Unger in the upcoming sequel Death Stranding 2: On the Beach. Fans responded to the latest trailer asking if Mikkelsen’s brooding villain would return, but Kojima stated “he is not appearing” in the new game.
The reveal may disappoint some fans. However, given Cliff’s storyline and fate in the intricately complex original, his absence makes reasonable sense without spoiling details. His narrative arc feels properly concluded.
Instead, Death Stranding 2 focuses on new mysteries. Normal Reedus returns as protagonist Sam Bridges, alongside other veterans like Lea Seydoux’s Fragile and Troy Baker’s Higgs. Newcomers include actress Elle Fanning in an unnamed role and director George Miller, who lends his visage to a character called the Drawbridge Captain.
Each trailer provides enticing clues while introducing fresh enigmas that will spawn theories up to the 2025 release. Though Mikkelsen won’t return, the sequel clearly builds on threads and tones that made the original a cult classic.
Cliff’s presence elevated the first game with captivating style and psychological tension. But his storyline reached a fitting end; no need to undo that for sequel fan service. This allows the new narrative to explore Kojima’s eccentric vision from fresh angles.
Death Stranding 2 remains shrouded in signature Kojima secrecy. But its emerging elements suggest he won’t simply retread old ground. What made the first game so unique was its willingness to innovate and confound expectations. Going forward without Cliff lets Kojima surprise audiences again.