New Death Stranding trailer introduces Heartman

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Heartman from Death Stranding

Kojima Productions has released a new Death Stranding trailer which offers a fascinating insight into the character Heartman.

As the trailer shows, Death Stranding should be full of the quirkiness and character we have come to expect from Hideo Kojima’s games. Heartman, played in an example of imaginative casting by film director Nicolas Winding Refn, is stuck in a Groundhog Day-style loop, in which he dies and is then resuscitated every 21 minutes.

In the cut-scene shown in the trailer, we see him being resuscitated, setting a 21-minute egg-timer and then resuming a discussion about his predicament with another character. Heartman explains that: “Most of life’s basic functions fit rather easily into a 21-minute time-slot,” with the tricky exceptions of sleep and intercourse, and reveals a library of films, music, and media which can be consumed within a 21-minute period.

Heartman also refers to the “Death Stranding” which provides the ambitious game’s name. Kojima Productions and publisher Sony have drip-fed teasers for the game, providing a glimpse of its open-world gameplay in a nine-minute trailer released in May. Hopefully, the two companies will release further trailers focusing on the game’s characters.

Death Stranding will feature a stellar cast, including Norman Reedus as lead character Sam Bridges, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner. It is due to be released on November 8 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive; for more information, keep an eye on its website.