Yesterday, after days of cryptic teasing on twitter, Kojima Productions hosted a reveal stream divulging a wealth of new information about Death Stranding.
The reveal drew in over 100,000 viewers and included a nine minute-long trailer, offering fans an extended look at Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima’s latest creation. The trailer shows off a variety of gameplay and story elements, as well as introducing us to an impressive cast – all beautifully rendered in-game. Actor Norman Reedus is our protagonist, with such talents as Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Lindsay Wagner, Troy Baker, and Guillermo del Toro fleshing out other prominent roles.
Hideo Kojima’s first title since his dramatic departure from Konami in 2016, Death Stranding is an open world action adventure about reconnecting a fractured and dying world. It’s also a PS4 exclusive. The PlayStation Blog posted a synopsis of the game’s plot, provided by Kojima himself:
People have created “Walls” and become accustomed to living in isolation.
“Death Stranding” is a completely new type of action game, where the goal of the player is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society. It is created so that all elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of the “Strand” or connection.
As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to bridge the divides in society, and in doing 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 reveal stream also finally announced a release date for the game, and it’s a lot sooner than you might have thought. Death Stranding will be available to buy on PlayStation 4 from November 8th 2019. Four editions of the game will be released: a Standard Edition, a Special Edition, a Digital Deluxe Edition, and a Collector’s Edition. All of which are available for preorder now. Peruse the images below for a look at all the extra goodies the enhanced editions contain.
Kojima Productions has released multiple teasers for Death Stranding since its initial unveiling at E3 2016, but none of them has offered us this level of clarity. Where they were fleeting views through a keyhole into a bizarre world, designed to pique our interest and promote speculation, this latest reveal finally opens the door and lets us in.