Death Stranding was first revealed at E3 2016, and in those three years creator Hideo Kojima has done his usual slow-drip of trailers and gameplay demos to stoke our curiosity and confusion. It’s only now that people outside of Kojima Productions are able to actually play the game, and while opinions of any kind are currently under wraps, we can at least share that the Death Stranding review embargo will officially lift on November 1 at 12:01AM PDT.
The most recent opportunity for Kojima to demonstrate what he’s been working on since leaving Konami was Tokyo Game Show 2019. There, over the course of two days, Kojima gave us a deeper look into the moment-to-moment gameplay of Death Stranding, which included everything from mundane traversal to battles against supernatural enemies. He followed that up with a closer look at the private quarters of Sam Porter Bridges, the main character played by Norman Reedus. It was a very revealing demo, though not in the way you might expect.
Reedus is but one of many celebrities that will appear in Death Stranding, along with Guillermo Del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen, and Lea Seydoux, to name but a few. Sadly, Keanu Reeves won’t make an appearance despite rumors. We’ve also learned that real-world brands like Monster Energy will also be prominently featured in the game–it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not these inclusions will have an impact on the credibility of the fictional (and strange) world that Kojima has crafted.
In fact, the strangeness has been at the heart of the game’s messaging since the very beginning. If you fell off trying to make sense of Death Stranding a long time ago, now is the perfect time to brush up on everything we’ve learned so far, including details about the world, the characters that inhabit it, and the unusual constraints that will be set upon Sam as you guide him across treacherous terrain in a bid to reunite the once united states of America.
If our current Death Stranding guide isn’t enough, you can also take Kojima’s very straightforward explanation below:
After Death Stranding reviews land on November 1, the rest of us will have to wait until the game releases on November 8 to see what all the fuss is about. (Kept you waiting, huh?)
Source: Game Spot Mashup