It’s a neat homage, but it’s not clear if he’ll appear in-game.

Hideo Kojima is always a very stylish boy, but his Cyberpunk 2077 doppelganger might have him beat. To congratulate him and the Kojima Productions team on the PC launch of Death Stranding, 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, 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.  

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.