Talk show host Conan O'Brien is in Death Stranding because this is a Hideo Kojima game and anything can happen.
According to Kojima, O'Brien plays a character called The Wondering MC, who gives you the Sea Otter Suit "when you get connected with him".
This suit, which involves Norman Reedus' character wearing an otter hat (is it a hat made to look like an otter, or an actual dead otter on his head?), lets you swim easily in the river, preventing you from drifting away.
"BB would be happy as well," Kojima added in a tweet.
Conan O'Brien appears as a prepper ?The Wondering MC? in DS. You get ?Sea Otter Suit? when you get connected with him. With this suit, you?ll be able to swim easily in the river, you won?t be drifted away! BB would be happy as well. ????????????? pic.twitter.com/nIsw5JS5t0— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) October 24, 2019
It all sounds preposterous, but this is a Hideo Kojima game, so I'm sure it'll all make sense in the end. Death Stranding is littered with virtual recreations of Kojima's celebrity pals, including the aforementioned Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lindsay Wagner and Guillermo del Toro. Even Geoff Keighley gets in on the act.
During his show on TBS, Conan O'Brien talked about visiting the offices of Kojima Productions in Tokyo and getting 3D-scanned. You can see it in the video below. There's footage of Hideo Kojima's office and toy collection, if you're into that sort of thing. Kojima has a doll of himself. Kojima and O'Brien watch the Death Stranding trailer where BB does that mouth thumbs up thing. O'Brien asked Kojima the question we've all been wondering for years now: "What is wrong with you?"
Not long to go now!