CD Projekt Red tribute shows Kojima as a Cyberpunk 2077 character

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Hideo Kojima is always a very stylish boy, but his Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) doppelganger might have him beat. To congratulate him and the Kojima Productions team on the PC launch of Death Stranding (opens in new tab), CD Projekt Red went and turned him into a Cyberpunk 2077 character. 

The designer got an early look at Cyberpunk 2077 back in 2018 when he visited CD Projekt Red (opens in new tab), and the following year he popped over to the studio's Tokyo Game Show booth to have his picture taken on one of the game's very flashy motorbikes. This photo op appears to have been the inspiration for the excellent Cyberpunk 2077 art that is now gracing Twitter.  

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There are quite a few common threads connecting Cyberpunk 2077 and the games Kojima has worked on. Transhumanism, irresponsible use of technology, immersive sim shenanigans—they share a lot. Death Stranding's bikes even look a lot like Cyberpunk 2077's. 

It might just be a nice gift from Cyberpunk's artists to Kojima, but given that it looks a bit like an in-game model, it does make me wonder if Kojima will actually be hanging out in Night City for players to find. During Cyberpunk 2077's Night Wire livestream, it was revealed that streamers would be getting cameos for some reason, so there's already a precedent. 

Kojima, of course, is no stranger to cameos. Death Stranding is full of them (opens in new tab), with Kojima (as a goo monster (opens in new tab)), Geoff Keighly, Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Conan O'Brien all cropping up. He also snuck into Control (opens in new tab) and can be recruited in Metal Gear Solid 5. 

I've reached out to CDPR to find out if we'll be able to find Kojima scooting around on his cool bike in November. In the meantime, check out Andy Kelly's Cyberpunk 2077 hands-on (opens in new tab)

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