Death Stranding: Game Everything we know so far
Death Stranding is the debut project from Kojima Productions, the studio founded by legendary Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen, and as you’d expect from a Kojima production, it looks set to be as bonkers and mind-bending as any of his previous works.
After departing Konami, Hideo Kojima announced his new project in a big way at Sony’s press conference at E3, and with it the games industry is bringing huge expectation to the title, although we still don’t technically know what it is yet. What we do know is it will launch within the next two years.
Death Stranding Game At A Glance
Hideo Kojima has confirmed that Death Stranding will not be present at E3 2017. According to Kojima, the development team is fully focused on production at this point. This is a wise decision, as with years to come until its release, we’d hate to burn out on Death Stranding before we even play it.
What Is Death Stranding?
Death Stranding’s reveal trailer opens with a quote from William Blake’s ‘Auguries of Innocence’: “To see a world in a grain of sand / and a heaven in a wildflower. / Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / and eternity in an hour.” We’re then taken to a beach covered with deceased crabs, as the camera slowly pans to our protagonist, Norman Reedus. Passed out on the ground, completely naked and with a broken handcuff around one wrist, he slowly brings himself to his feet holding what appears to be a newborn baby. Except the baby quickly disappears and he’s left with just black oil on his hands and the sight of equally oily invisible baby footsteps walking away from him.
He then gets up and we see that the beach is covered in dead whales. Staring up at the sky, our focus is drawn to five ominous figures floating in the air before him – they look something like the Dementors from Harry Potter. What this means remains unclear. It’s immediately unsettling, much like P.T., and we can make some generalised guesses based on what’s in the trailer and the poetic reference.
Death Stranding Gameplay – How Does It Play?
Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions stated on Twitter that Death Stranding will try and go beyond the traditional definition of “action” and “RPG” found in similar games. This confirms to us that Death Stranding is certainly ambitious, and won’t like anything Kojima has done before. The sequence seen in the trailer will apparently not playable in the final game which has just entered production at the studio.
During this year’s Tokyo Games Show, Hideo Kojima announced that Death Stranding will be an open-world action game with online elements. It will also have the trademark storytelling you’d want from a Kojima project, so expect something surreal, silly and over-the-top. Kojima has said “with Death Stranding, I’d like to offer the next step, the future of gaming” with gameplay and storytelling that goes beyond genre conventions. It also appears Guillermo Del Toro is more involved with the project than we first thought. FInally, Kojima has confirmed that Death Stranding has entered “full-blown development” at Kojima Productions, but it’s still a while off.