When Ludens first appeared many thought the person would be part of the upcoming Death Stranding until Hideo Kojima confirmed the character was simply a mascot. However, it turns out Ludens is much older than many originally thought. According to Kojima Productions official Twitter: #DSStories 26 Over 20 years ago, Kojima had discussed with Shinkawa the idea of an astronaut exploring a digital space, and Shinkawa remembered this. Ludens wasn’t just an idea of the moment, but rather an idea that had lived with them for a long time. pic.twitter.com/EH1wbAFll1 — Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) July 3, 2018 After the astronaut’s appearance, the character was an instant hit among the community.