So after the dizzying and confusing blur of hype and teasers surrounding Hideo Kojima’s next game, Death Stranding, gamers finally have some good news. We now know when the strange new game is coming out for the PS4. The PlayStation 4 exclusive will launch on the leaked release date of November 8.
And since this is the hype machine for a Kojima game, not a lot is revealed in terms of story or other details, although we do get a little bit. It will be interesting to see what Sony and Kojima have in store for PS4 fans as the actual release date draws closer. And since Sony is skipping E3 2019, due to a change that sees them targeting February as the main month to promote games to retailers, this may be the last major bit of news we see about Death Stranding for at least a couple of months.
So what does the trailer actually contain? The answer is mostly more insights into the characters and the dangerous world they inhabit. We see the reveal that was setup in the previous three teasers when we get a glimpse of Mads Mikkelsen’s character Cliff cradling a seemingly supernatural baby while delivering a haunting performance.
That haunting and desperate tone is echoes in interactions between Norman Reedus’ character Sam and other characters in the story. The quickly degrading environment of the world around the story is strangely warping itself around a seemingly vastly accelerated pace of life and death. It looks like Kojima, who has never shied away from intricate and political plotlines before is doubling down hard with Death Stranding. While there’s pretty obvious allegory for climate disasters and crises on the surface, the deeper meaning is left much more obtuse. What Sam is trying to accomplish obviously involves capturing the strange “B.T.” creatures that haunt the landscape, but it’s hard to know what the real meaning behind this activity is.
You can check out the aforementioned reveal trailer, release date and all, down below.
If that’s not enough, you’ll probably be stuck waiting until August’s Gamescom or the Tokyo Games Show later in September for more news and gameplay.