Sony has released a near-nine-minute trailer for Death Stranding which provides insight into its gameplay, characters and storyline. It also came with a rather unexpected launch date.
Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima’s first magnum opus since he parted company with Konami in 2015, will be released on November 8 2019 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It is one of this year’s most hotly anticipated games, and the new trailer shows that it departs radically from Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid franchise blueprint, and demonstrates the ambitiousness which we have come to expect from the auteur-director.
It also suggests that Death Stranding will be pretty weird and mysterious. It starts with a point-of-view shot of a baby being delivered, and later shows a baby in a life-support apparatus being used to provide some sort of connection between alternate realities in the game.
Death Stranding will clearly be an open-world title, with the main playable character being Sam, voiced and acted by Norman Reedus. Sam has some useful objects for traversing the environment, including a ladder and abseil-ropes, accessible via a fairly conventional object wheel. The game’s combat appears less conventional, with the trailer showing clips of Sam running away from enemies, and even employing a briefcase as a makeshift melee weapon.
Later on, the trailer does show some gunplay, and it’s a fair bet that stealth will also come into play. Story-wise, the trailer makes it clear that Death Stranding takes place in America, set at a point in the future when the country is in dire straits: one scene shows the ailing President begging Sam to heal the divisions. It looks as though Sam works for an organisation called Bridge, and the dimension-straddling babies are referred to as Bridge Babies.
Death Stranding’s website does offer a modicum of storyline overview: “In the near future, mysterious explosions have rocked the globe, setting off a series of supernatural events known as the Death Stranding. With otherworldly creatures plaguing the landscape, and mass extinction imminent, it’s up to Sam Porter Bridges to travel across the ravaged wasteland and save humanity from impending annihilation.”
The trailer also reveals Death Stranding’s impressive cast, which is packed with Hollywood A-Listers. They include Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Lea Seydoux as Fragile, Margaret Qualley as Mama, Guillermo del Toro as Deadman, film director Nicholas Winding Refn as Heartman, Tommie Earl Jenkins as Die-Hardman, Troy Baker as Higgs and Lindsay Wagner as Amelie.
No doubt more information will arise regarding subjects like Death Stranding’s hopping between dimensions (references to Hades suggest one of those is hell-like), the significance of its babies and the cataclysmic events which clearly took place in America before its action starts.
But the trailer demonstrates impressively that Death Stranding should offer a very original and visually magnificent experience. For further insights, visit the Death Stranding website or Kojima Productions’ website.