Despite the renowned friendship of Hideo Kojima and The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley, not to mention the previous announcements leading up to today's event, it seems that The Death Stranding head apparently won't be in attendance during the ceremony tonight.
In response to Geoff Keighley's Tweet about what sort of secrets the ceremony will reveal, Kojima-san responded "Good luck on your show tomorrow, Geoff! Sorry I couldn't make it this time!"
The people aren't buying it, especially with a follow up response from the official Game Awards account:
Hideo Kojima wont be there but Kideo Hojima will— Ugurkan Ates ( ͝° ͜ʖ͡°) (@paypaytr) December 6, 2018
Is it just wishful thinking that he might not be telling the whole truth in order to protect a secret? Possibly, though with a recent release date leak by Walmart and a rumor that an official reveal will be happening during The Game Awards - well, it's just a little hard to believe he suddenly won't be there.
We're only a few short hours away from seeing for ourselves, because the 2018 Game Awards will be kicking off at 8:30 PM ET tonight with a variety of new reveals, sneak peeks, and "surprises" from Geoff himself. We'll be covering the show again live this year, but you can watch alongside us right here.
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