What the heck was that Death Stranding trailer about, then? IGN sat down with Hideo Kojima in order to ask that very question, and while the auteur shied away from some details, he was surprisingly candid in his responses about the game. So, where to start? How about the underwater sequence that the ex-Konami veteran noted is playable at PSX 2017?
“One of the themes of this game is life and death,” he said. “So I want people to realise that when they die in the game, that isn’t the end.” That underwater environment is purgatory, a place where every player will be transported when they die. This is Kojima’s response to Dark Souls, which has changed how we think about failing in games.
Each and every time Sam (who’s played by Norman Reedus) dies, you’ll end up at the bottom of the ocean, and you’ll be free to explore in first-person. Within this space you’ll find items and other objects, which we assume you’ll be able to bring back into the world with you. “It’s the equivalent of that screen that says ‘Continue?’ and a counter ticking down towards zero,” added Kojima.
Okay, so the Game Over screen is fully interactive, but is that all that's unique? Not quite, as Death Stranding is aiming to introduce the idea of persistence. So, in the trailer there’s a massive explosion before Sam is transported to purgatory, but when he’s brought back to life there’s an enormous crater in the world. Every death in your game will leave a mark behind.
Alright, alright, but what about the babies? Well, it’s baby, to be precise. Kojima’s confirmed that the child we’ve seen in all three trailers so far is the same person, and it plays a key part in both the plot and the gameplay. “The baby relates to game mechanics as well as the story as a whole,” he explained. Do you have to protect it? Does it give you powers? Who knows!
So what about the guy that gets really old, then? That’s the rain. Except this isn’t rain that we recognise from our world, it’s called Timefall, a slippy substance that alters the flow of time. “Most people in the game are aware of the rain – and well, Norman is quite unique in this regard… I think I should stop there,” he laughed.
But what is Death Stranding? It’s an open world action game. Kojima’s not really revealing much about how online multiplayer (a feature already confirmed for the title) will work, but unsurprisingly he wants to do something different with it. The project’s making progress, though, and it sounds utterly intriguing. At least this interview has cleared a few things up.
So cool to get some context for what happened in that trailer. Sounds like it’s further along than I thought
Hopefully we see some gameplay soon. It's endearing that he tries to make his games unique and confusing, but the actual gameplay is what I really care about. So far, he seems to have a fair amount of interesting mechanics in mind.
@ExsMacaroni Probably E3 next year I suspect.
He also said this latest trailer takes place right after the prologue so this is the earliest of trailers we've seen so far. My theory with the baby could be a children of men situation where it's humanity's last hope and why it's kept in this chamber to protect it from the timescale.
the real mystery about this game is whether it will release in 2020, 2021, 2022 or 2023!
@adf86 What's the betting Norman Reedus is the baby?
Why does that character look like Daryll from The Walking Dead? xD
@ExsMacaroni @YummyHappyPills It would be stupid to release full gameplay at this stage in development. There's still a lot going to change gameplay wise between where they are at right now and the final product.
Just like Dark Souls!
This game is going to change the world
@Kidfried I'm just being hopeful tbh. I'm aware of the situation though.
Yeah, he does look like that guy from TWD. At least it's not Kevin Spacey lol.
Very interesting. Definitely going to have some quirky gameplay elements.
@ExsMacaroni I can get behind that. This is maybe the only title I have a hard time waiting for.
Very interesting. clasps fingers
That death mechanic already has my interest. My question is how big an impact we talking here? Big, minor, maybe both? It does sound like something I'd expect from the ambitious Kojima.
Slap a big Owen Wilson "wooooooowwwww" on that
@XurAgentofthe9 I case you aren't joking, he is 'that guy' from TWD. Same actor.
@Reanfan7 Daryl and this game character share the same actor, that's why they look so similar.
At least we know there are contexts behind the trailer. not just some randam weird stuffs... lol
@3MonthBeef It's interesting trying to figure out what it's all about. Whales are often confused by sonar or other creatures and as a consequence end up on a beach with no way to return. Perhaps the humans in this story have fallen foul of a similar predicament? But would it be an accident or something more sinister with people being lured into a trap?
Colour me intrigued, finally.
Not sure if the gameplay will be my cup of tea yet?
Still early days!
@get2sammyb i had the same feeling, you have to save that baby to save humanity and in the end the baby is you. The trailer also gave me the feeling of 12 monkeys, so maybe you play as some timetraveler..realy looking forward to the first gameplay of this
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