Hideo Kojima, the mastermind behind the Death Stranding series, has always had a knack for casting big stars in his games. And with Death Stranding 2: On the Beach, he's not holding back. Prepare to be dazzled by the likes of Elle Fanning, Shioli Kutsuna, George Miller, and the dynamic duo of Norman Reedus and Lea Seydoux. However, there's one name missing from the star-studded cast this time around, and it's none other than Mads Mikkelsen, who played the enigmatic Cliff in the original Death Stranding.

In a recent tweet, Kojima confirmed that Mikkelsen won't be reprising his role in Death Stranding 2: On the Beach, breaking the hearts of many fans who were eagerly anticipating his return. Kojima sympathetically wrote, "We have received many enthusiastic messages from you saying, 'I want to see Cliff in DS2 too!' However, Mads is not appearing in Death Stranding 2: On the Beach."

But fear not, dear readers, for Kojima has an explanation for this unexpected absence. It seems that narrative reasons have led to Cliff's exclusion from the sequel. Kojima cryptically assures us, "If you have played DS1 to the end, you will understand. Cliff is a character who played a very important and special role in Death Stranding. Mads understood this and performed it beautifully. Mads' Cliff will remain in the story of Death Stranding and in your memories forever. It is because we care about the character of Cliff that he will not appear in DS2. Please understand."

While it's disappointing to bid farewell to Mikkelsen's captivating portrayal of Cliff, Death Stranding 2: On the Beach promises an exciting mix of both familiar and fresh faces. Among the returning characters, there's one that has stolen the hearts of the fanbase—a living puppet who moves at half frame rate. Can you imagine the sheer hilarity and charm this character will bring to the sequel? But wait, there's more! Kojima tantalizingly hints at several other yet-to-be-revealed characters who will surely add depth and intrigue to the already rich tapestry of Death Stranding.

So, what can we expect from Death Stranding 2: On the Beach? Well, for starters, it's being developed exclusively for the mighty PS5, so get ready for mind-blowing visuals and immersive gameplay. The game is set to launch in 2025, giving us ample time to prepare ourselves for another unforgettable journey through Kojima's twisted and awe-inspiring universe.

As we eagerly await further details about Death Stranding 2: On the Beach, let's cherish the memories we have of Mikkelsen's Cliff. It's clear that Kojima holds a deep appreciation for this character, and his decision to keep Cliff's story intact demonstrates the care and dedication that goes into crafting these games. So, buckle up, fellow gamers, for Death Stranding 2: On the Beach promises to be a wild ride filled with unexpected twists, unforgettable characters, and a cliffhanger that will keep us on the edge of our seats until the very end.

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