Death Stranding is the debut project from Kojima Productions, the studio founded by legendary Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen, it looks set to be as bonkers and mind-bending as any of his previous works. Here’s everything you need to know about the game, which is expected to get a 2018 or 2019 release date.
After departing Konami, Hideo Kojima announced his new project in a big way at Sony’s press conference at E3 2016, and with it the games industry is bringing huge expectation to the title, although we still don’t technically know what it is yet. What we do know is it will launch within the next two years – and that an epic new trailer broke cover at The Games Awards 2017.
Trusted Reviews has rounded up all the latest news on the project, and we’ll be updating this page as more info arrives, so be sure to bookmark it!
Death Stranding at a Glance
Release Date: TBC, but 2019 latest
Developer: Kojima Productions
What is Death Stranding?
Death Stranding is the debut project from Kojima Productions in development exclusively for PS4. The upcoming action title will be the first work by Hideo Kojima, the creator of Metal Gear Solid, since departing from Konami in 2015. The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus stars as the game’s lead in a seemingly war-torn world filled with all sorts of unusual phenomena.
Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen also features as the main antagonist, although we’ve seen little else from him beyond a chilling introduction in a 2016 trailer. The latest look at Death Stranding was unveiled at The Game Awards 2017, finally providing us with a solid idea of how the game could play and what sort of narrative we can expect.
The 8-minute clip is beautifully presented and incredibly grotesque, showcasing Sam, the character of Norman Reedus, as he and a few others are attacked by an unknown alien force. The invisible adversaries drag one poor soul away before the other is pulled into the air, desperately stabbing himself to death so he isn’t taken alive. What might happen to him is anyone’s guess.
We won’t spoil the rest of the trailer, but it begins and ends with a line from Norman Reedus that shines a fascinating light on what Death Stranding might be about:
“Once there was an explosion, a bang which gave birth to time and space. Once there was an explosion, a bang which set a planet spinning in that space. Once there was an explosion, a bang which gave rise to life as we know it. And then, came the next explosion.”
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Fans on the official Reddit have already begun theorising what this quote could mean, linking it to the Big Bang as the initial creation of life and the second potentially referenced the asteroid that wiped out prehistoric life on Earth. Finally, the third could be another meteor, as presented by the crater at the end of Death Stranding’s latest trailer.
The aforementioned meteor may have contained an alien organism that feeds on other lifeforms to survive, which explains accelerated ageing and the need to cling onto genetically modified embryo (the weird babies attached to Norman’s chest) to survive and reverse the effects. The potential outcomes are plentiful, and we can’t wait to find out more.
Death Stranding gameplay – how does it play?
Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions stated on Twitter that Death Stranding will try and go beyond the traditional definition of “action” and “RPG” found in similar games. This confirms to us that Death Stranding is certainly ambitious, and won’t be like anything Kojima has done before.
During this year’s Tokyo Games Show 2016, Hideo Kojima announced that Death Stranding will be an open-world action game with online elements. It will also have the trademark storytelling you’d want from a Kojima project, so expect something surreal, silly and over-the-top.
Kojima has said “with Death Stranding, I’d like to offer the next step, the future of gaming” with gameplay and storytelling that goes beyond genre conventions. It also appears Guillermo Del Toro is more involved with the project than we first thought.
Finally, Kojima has confirmed that Death Stranding has entered “full-blown development” at Kojima Productions, but it’s still a while off.
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Kojima Productions is working close with Guerilla Games on the development of Death Stranding, so much so that Kojima has been provided with the source code to the engine. Everything we’ve seen of Death Stranding thus far has been running directly on PS4 Pro, setting a high benchmark for the finished experience.
Death Stranding release date – when is it coming out?
A release date for Death Stranding remains unconfirmed. Hideo Kojima confirmed that it will be released before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so perhaps a 2019 release date is on the cards?
Death Stranding trailer – How does it look?
The first trailer for Death Stranding is running in real-time on PS4, which is rather impressive considering the detailed motion capture and environments on display.
Despite being overly cryptic, the unusual mixture of disturbing visuals and haunting music leave a powerful impression, and we expect nothing less from Hideo Kojima.
Next up is The Game Awards 2016 trailer, which reveals Mads Mikkelsen as Death Stranding’s main antagonist:
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