While Hollywood director plays a character in Hideo Kojima's next game, Death Stranding, acting and motion capture comprise the extent of his contributions.
"Kojima-san called me and said, 'I want you to be a character in the game,' and I said, 'Gladly,'" del Toro, who counts Kojima as a close friend, explained in an interview with IGN.
"He’s discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I'm not involved, creatively, at all," the director continued. "This is entirely Kojima-san’s game," del Toro added. "I think it's gonna be a fantastic game, 100%. But this is him and his ideas. I'm just a puppet in his hands. My contribution is limited to being a cheerleader for his ideas and being scanned for long hours at a time. That's about it."
Kojima and del Toro's relationship was more collaborative prior to the Metal Gear creator's unceremonious departure from Konami. They worked on Silent Hills, a reboot of the franchise, until Konami cancelled it.
Death Stranding is currently in development for PS4 and PC at Kojima Productions. Kojima debuted a new trailer for the game at last year's Game Awards show, where he received a Lifetime Achievement award.