The latest trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding made its world premiere during the recently concluded The Game Awards, and as expected, the video is like a beautiful piece of abstract art created to make its audience think and appreciate at the same time. Days after the big premiere, Hideo was kind enough to share some information about his mysterious project through an interview with IGN.
"One of the themes of this game is life and death. So I want people to realize that when they die in the game, that isn’t the end.”- Hideo Kojima
For starters, Death Stranding will have a unique approach during a character's death, unique in a sense that instead of respawning to an earlier timeline, it will transport the player's character to "purgatory" that the player can explore and collect items in first person view or more like an out of body experience. Once ready, the player can then return to his physical self and move forward with his quest for a later timeline. So basically when the character dies in the, he can still continue but he cannot undo what has been done as the game will most likely have a continuous timeline which will make each decision made in the game final.
“Most people in the game are aware of the rain -- and well, Norman is quite unique in this regard"
And then there's "Timefall" which is going to be an "integral" part of the game. Timefall refers to the "not of this world" rain falling in the latest trailer. Timefall has can manipulate time, this rain-like phenomenon can make a human body age and deteriorate seconds after contact. Sam (Norman Reedus) however, is immune to the effect of Timefall.
“I’m trying to make something different. How to show that, how to have people see that, that’s something I’m trying to figure out.”
Death Stranding no doubt is a game that's going as interesting as it is complicated. The good thing is that this project is being supervised by one of the gaming industry's most brilliant innovators. Check out the 4K version of the trailer below and stay tuned for more gaming news and updates.
"Death Stranding 4K Trailer"
Source: IGN, PlayStation