Well, the rumour mongering was true. Death Stranding is coming to PS4 this year. On November 8th, to be precise, and Kojima Productions have sent along an absolutely fascinating 9-minute trailer from Death Stranding. If the previous teases have left you confused, there’s a bit more to latch onto here, although it’s still batshit crazy in a way only Kojima knows how.
This new trailer provides our first proper look at gameplay from Death Stranding, so we can begin to get a picture of where KojiPro is heading with this title.
Death Stranding appears to be an open-world hiking game to be honest, complete with a handful of Breath of the Wild-style movement mechanics such as ladder building and abseiling. Metal Gear-style stealth is prominent, as well as some third-person shooter combat and even a bizarre trip to World War 1. There are a few hints we could even be visiting other planets, the moon, and alternate realities.
It’s a hell of a lot more Metal Gear than we were expecting, blending stealth gameplay with convoluted cut-scenes and bizarre imagery. Fingers crossed Kojima goes all in on the hour-long cut-scenes for which Metal Gear Solid eventually became infamous for before MGS5 savagely ripped it all out.
"People have built walls and become accustomed to living in isolation", says Hideo Kojima. "Death Stranding is a completely new type of action game, where the player's goal is to reconnect the isolated cities and a fragmented society. All elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of 'Strand', or connection.
"As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to 'Bridge' these divisions, and in doing so, create new bonds or 'Strands' with other players around the globe. Through your experience playing the game, I hope you'll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others."
The Japanese trailer for Death Stranding also included an extended cut from a tentacled boss fight, so here’s a cut of that for your pleasure.
A little reminder as well that Death Stranding is still set to come to PC. It was the terms of the agreement back when Kojima Productions signed on with Sony Interactive Entertainment, and to the best of our knowledge, nothing has changed. We’d imagine there’s a period of PS4 exclusivity, or that the PC version still needs to be developed at all, but Death Stranding should come to PC eventually.
Well then, what do you think of that new trailer? Has anyone managed to glean some meaning from Death Stranding’s plot yet? Let us know what you think of it all below!