Upcoming Games: Death Stranding

Upcoming Games: Death Stranding

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Few games are as puzzling, intriguing and all-around hotly anticipated as Hideo Kojima’s first independently developed game, the mystifyingly named Death Stranding.

Since its announcement at E3 2016, fans of Kojima’s innovative game design have been clamouring to unravel the enigmas of Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding – with each sliver of gameplay, interview or cinematic sequence further adding to our need to know what, exactly, this complex, fascinating and oddly dark game is about.

So far, we’ve been treated to stunning visuals, mysterious monsters, killer rainstorms, some big-name actors rendered lovingly in the virtual world, extensive footage of babies in futuristic wearable incubators and a full-on Norman Reedus walking montage – but what is Death Stranding actually about? At the moment, we’re not all that close to finding out, with Kojima and the studio remaining tight-lipped beyond the very basics of gameplay and plot.

What we do know, though, is that with Kojima firmly at the helm with the production of his first game since that long, drawn-out battle with Konami, we will likely be looking at something entirely new for the action genre; with Kojima himself describing the game as a connection between people, rather than the standard action fare of fight or flight. The game, so far, has been described of a mix of open-world and action, with some multiplayer functionality included in the mix.

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For those who have existed within the sphere of Kojima’s fandom for long enough to experience the sensation that was the fantastically well-designed, jump-out-of-your-seat-scary PT trailer, it comes as no surprise that following the cancellation of that project, Kojima would choose to push the boat out even further. Incorporating both captivating and terrifying creature designs, unique events such as an ageing rain known as ‘Timefall’, and even including a fully-realised connection between life and death in his new game.

Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Death Stranding is continuing with the star power that the PT trailer first brought, delivering Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame back into the fold as main protagonist Sam Bridges, who operates as a futuristic courier against the remote, post-apocalyptic backdrop Death Stranding is set in, in the latest trailer released by the studio.

Other big names such as Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner are also set to lend their faces and names to the game, too, with features in newer promotional trailers, alongside the likeness of Guillermo Del Toro, who was Kojima’s chief collaborator for the cancelled Silent Hills.

All in all, Death Stranding is looking to be a mixture of everything Kojima fans have been looking for in his next big release. A big dose of the weirdness you’d expect from a game designed by the man who devised the Metal Gear series, some genuinely in-depth and complex world-building and enough lore to satisfy even the most diehard of fans. Until then, it’s simply a waiting game to discover the mysteries of Kojima’s new world for ourselves.

With no release date yet in sight, Kojima has confirmed that his latest masterpiece will be released on the PlayStation 4; giving the studio at least a few years’ grace to get through the development process and launch what might be one of the most intriguing games of our time- and one we certainly can’t wait to get our hands on.

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Harriet Swartout-Phipson

Creative Digital Copywriter by day, Indie game fan by night. Give me a rogue-like, simulator or RPG to play and I'm happy.

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