Death Stranding: Metal Gear meets Breath of the Wild in 50 minute gameplay reveal

Death Stranding is the debut project from Kojima Productions, helmed by the iconic creator of classics such as Metal Gear Solid, Policenauts and the ill-fated Silent Hills. It's only a few months away, and looks positively bonkers.

Death Stranding is only two months away, which feels like an obscure thing to say when you factor in the ambition Kojima Productions has placed in its debut project. Coming exclusively to PS4 later this year, Hideo’s unusual narrative adventure is like nothing we’ve ever seen; and we can’t wait.

Tokyo Games Show 2019 saw a huge, 50-minute demo showcased for Death Stranding, providing a detailed look at gameplay alongside character introductions to some of the world’s unusual personalities. Starring the likes of Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo Del Toro – this is a star-studded cast like no other.

So, with plenty to unpack, Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Death Stranding including all the latest news, gameplay, trailers, release date and more.

Death Stranding TGS 2019 – 50 minute gameplay demo spills all of Kojima’s beans

Following the unusual demonstration at Gamescom 2019, Kojima Productions was concerned that the core gameplay ideas in Death Stranding weren’t understood, and have saught to correct that at this year’s Tokyo Games Show in the form of a massive 50 minute demo. You can watch it all below:

A briefing trailer was also shown behind closed doors last month, and has now been released for everyone to witness. It’s an introduction of sorts, chronicling the plot, gameplay mechanics and other elements of Death Stranding in just a few minutes.

I’ve broken down some of the game’s mechanical aspects in more detail here, listing seven major things we took away from this unexpected gameplay reveal. It feels like Metal Gear Solid meets Breath of the Wild, taking each of these classic games and forming them into a single innovative experience.

Death Stranding Box Art – Norman Reedus takes the spotlight

Sony and Kojima Productions have unveiled the official box art for Death Stranding ahead of its upcoming release. You can check it out below:

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Death Stranding Trailers – All the latest footage worth watching

Alongside the release date confirmation saw a new trailer for Death Stranding. In typical Kojima fashion, it’s rather long.

Death Stranding release date – When is it coming out?

Sony and Kojima Productions have confirmed that Death Stranding will be coming exclusively to PS4 on November 8, 2019. The announcement was accompanied by a statement from Hideo Kojima thanking fans and expanding on what the game is all about (via PlayStation Blog).

“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.”

Death Stranding Editions – What’s in them and what are the bonuses?

The release date reveal for Death Stranding brought with it the announcement of several special edition bundles for the upcoming game. Since it’s coming November 8th, fans will no doubt be eager to pre-order Kojima’s next project.

We’ve compiled each edition alongside their respective contents below so you can decide which one is right for you.

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Base Game:

Pre-ordering the base version of Death Stranding through certain retailers and digitally on the PlayStation Store will grant you the following bonuses such as exclusive music, clips and cosmetic items for use in the game.

  • Gold Sunglasses
  • Gold Armor Plate
  • Gold Hat
  • Gold Speed Skeleton
  • PS4 dynamic theme
  • Chibi Ludens PSN Avatar

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Special Edition:

  • All base game preorder bonuses
  • Custom Steelbook (includes game)
  • Gold “Ludens Mask” Sunglasses

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Collector’s Edition:

  • Base game preorder bonuses
  • Custom Steelbook (includes game)
  • Death Stranding: Timefall –  Digital album and behind-the-scenes digital video
  • Gold “Ludens Mask” Sunglasses
  • Gold Power Skeleton
  • Gold Armour Plate (Lvl 2)
  • Gold All-Terrain Skeleton
  • 10 PSN Character Avatars
  • Ludens Keychain
  • Bridges Cargo Case
  • BB Pod Golden Baby Figurine

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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.

We’ve received multiple confirmations 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 explained “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.

Hideo Kojima confirmed during a panel at PlayStation Experience 2016 that Death Stranding will use the Decima Engine, the same tech used to power Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4.

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.

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