One of this year’s most anticipated video games is Death Stranding, a production by the one and only Hideo Kojima. The title is the first game by the famed video game designer and Kojima Productions since their departure from Konami in 2015.
Death Stranding is an action game that takes place in a futuristic open world where the protagonist named Sam (played by Norman Reedus) dies and gets transported to another dimension of sorts. According to IGN’s 2017 interview with Kojima, the dimension is where Sam goes to whenever he dies.
“At that point, you’re not dead or alive. It’s the equivalent of that screen that says ‘Continue?’ and a counter ticking down towards zero,” described Kojima.
In Death Stranding, you can have Sam re-enter his body and go back to the world. Unlike other games, the world will be in the state as when you left it.
Kojima explained,”So as you saw in the trailer, you saw the crater, and when you come back, it’s still there. Most games would’ve taken you back to before the crater was made. So depending on the player, you might have a lot of craters all over the place — depends on each player.”
That is certainly intriguing and it got fans very excited for more updates. A new trailer of more cinematic cutscenes was released last year at the E3 conference. A mysterious antagonist also made its appearance here. So far, so good, with the plot starting to take more shape. But there’s still no word on the game’s release date.
Until earlier this year in May. The official release date was revealed together with a brand new trailer that basically went from zero to sixty. What was given before suddenly looked like it’s only a small part of the entire game.
So much was happening in the trailer: Hades, demons, war zones, Mads Mikkelsen’s character Cliff being reborn or something and the theme of time and social connection. Seriously, how many enemies are there in the game?? But it’s awesome to see Troy Baker in this too though!
It was no doubt an exciting trailer with amazing design and graphics. Combined with a deep and thrilling plot and a star-studded cast, the game could have easily been a movie if Kojima wanted. Best of all, the entire concept was fresh and that perhaps is the game’s biggest draw.
Yet despite having a trailer that shows a lot of the game, fans are left perplexed about how everything relates… or connects. Ooh, see what I did there? Well, there just seems to be many elements to the game that I’m sure Kojima had expertly strung together to give us a game experience like no other.
But how would you describe a game with such depth like this?
I scrawled through the comments section to find what fans think of the game and I was not disappointed.
Here are some of the top ones:
And here’s my personal favourite:
The internet is awesome (sometimes)!
Then finally, at the recent Gamescom 2019, Kojima recently revealed some quick gameplay footage. It was a quirky video that shows Sam using a ladder to climb a steep hill, soothing a crying baby and peeing. Yes, you read that right. That certainly got a laugh from the crowd but the gameplay sneak peek still doesn’t tell us much about the game. Fans will have to hang on a little longer as more will be unveiled at Tokyo Game Show.
Check out the gameplay demo:
So what do you think? Still confused? Yeah, me too.
And so is everyone else:
But I’m super into it and I can’t wait for what Kojima has planned for the next update!
Death Stranding comes out on 8 November 2019. Preorder is available.