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"Once, there was an explosion. A bang which gave birth to time and space.
Once, there was an explosion. A bang which set a planet spinning in that space.
Once, there was an explosion. A bang which gave rise to life as we know it.
And then, came the next explosion. An explosion that will be our last."

– Sam


Death Stranding is an upcoming action game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4. It is directed by Hideo Kojima and his reformed studio following the 2015 disbandment of Kojima Productions as a subsidiary of Konami. The game was officially announced at Sony's E3 2016 Press Conference.

The game's title is a reference to the cetacean stranding phenomenon.

Story Edit

Synopsis Edit

Official synopsis from PlayStation's YouTube video description for the E3 2018 teaser trailer:[1]

"From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima comes an all new, genre defining experience for the PlayStation®4. Besieged by death's tide at every turn, Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the stranded remnants of the future in his hands, Sam embarks on a journey to reunite the shattered world one step at a time. What is the mystery of the Death Stranding? What will Sam discover on the road ahead? A genre defining gameplay experience holds these answers and more."

Cast Edit

Character English Voice Actor/Facial Capture Motion Actor
Sam Bridges Norman Reedus Norman Reedus
Unnamed Commander Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen
Unnamed Man Guillermo del Toro (Likeness)
Unnamed Woman 01 Léa Seydoux Léa Seydoux
Unnamed Woman 02 Lindsay Wagner Lindsay Wagner
CPT 6 member Kyle Card Kyle Card
CPT 6 member Claude Patrick Claude Patrick
Emily O'Brien Emily O'Brien
Troy Baker Troy Baker

Themes Edit

The theme of the game is "to connect". According to Kojima, one of the key aspects of the game is the idea of a connection between life and death. Another theme of the game is the "Strand" explained through a short story by Kōbō Abe, The Stick (棒/Bou): "The first tool created by humans was a stick, meant as protection by putting a distance between oneself and "bad things", and that the second was a rope, used to secure things one finds important." Kojima compared the main "tools" in action games (actions like punching, shooting and kicking) to sticks, and that in Death Stranding, he wants people to communicate through the game equivalent of ropes or strands.[2]

Gameplay Edit

Death Stranding is an action game set in an open world, heavily story-driven, while also using online elements.[3] The player will have ample freedom of movement, with vehicles available, and in choosing how to approach the game, being able to choose whether to progress fighting or through alternative routes. The online component will be completely optional and will offer the player a different experience from normal multiplayer modes.[4]

When the main character, named Sam, dies, he is transported outside his body into an "upside down" world, where the player is free to explore and where it is possible to collect objects. This world is the equivalent of the "Continue?" screen and the player is "neither dead or alive". According to Kojima, when the player returns to the world of the living, anything they did or any damage that an explosion or the likes causes player's death remains persistent in the world and does not go away. Another element mentioned by Kojima is the existence, in the game world, of a particular rain called "Timefall", which has the ability to manipulate the time of all that touches, making the plants sprout and grow at an extremely fast pace and making aging and deteriorating the body of a man in contact with it.

Gameplay

Screenshot of the E3 2018 trailer shawing the use of the device to uncover several invisible enemies to sneak past them.

Likewise, Kojima has stated that both the children seen in the various trailers and the robotic arm mounted on the shoulder of the main character will play an integral role in the game, and in conjunction they gave the ability to see the invisible enemy that roam the game world.[5][6]

During the gameplay trailer, Sam trasport packages ad corpses packed with a particular yellow tape called "Damage Censor Tape". When the packs are damaged, the tape, initially yellow, will change color, thus indicating their integrity level.[7]

Development Edit

After Kojima Productions closed as a Konami subsidiary, in July 15, Kojima reformed it as an indipendent video game studio in December. On the same month, game director and producer Hideo Kojima announced, with Andrew House, a partnership with Sony Interactice Entertainment to make a new PlayStation 4 game.[8]

Kojima revealed the game, during Sony's E3 2016 Conference[9], with a teaser trailer[10] introduced by a quatrain of Auguries of Innocent a poem of William Blake and accompanied by the song I'll Keep Coming of the Icelandic band Low Roar. The trailer was made possible with the technology of Photogrammetry and Motion Capture and featuring American actor Norman Reedus as main character[11], already chosen by Kojima for Silent Hills, however cancelled by Konami in 2015. Despite the trailer, Kojima declared that the game did not yet have a definitive engine[12].

Kojima and Mark Cerny, lead system architect of the PlayStation 4, spent two weeks in January 2016 looking for a game engine on which to develop the game, one of the two remaining candidates had been used to create the teaser trailer[13]. At this time Guerrilla Games announced a collaboration on the development of the game providing their proprietary game engine, Decima[14]. A second teaser[15], presented during The Game Awards 2016, featured a character bearing the likeness of film director Guillermo del Toro, who had previously collaborated with Kojima and Reedus on the cancelled Silent Hills, and unveiled Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the game's antagonist. During Tokio Game Show 2016, Kojima state that the game would be published before the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokio, before the year in which Akira is set, and that a female protagonist was said planned to be revealed[16]. On December 3, 2016, the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain soundtrack composer, Ludvig Forssell, announced that he would resume his role as a composer in Death Stranding[17]. In 2017 Death Stranding enters full development[18].

In June, 2017, Shawn Layden, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, states that Death Stranding is in fact in alpha-playable and that he had the opportunity to try it but not to be able to categorize the game in a specific genre[19].

A third teaser[20] was presented during The Game Awards 2017 in December, where Kojima, Reedus, and Del Toro also made an appearances. In this trailer it turns out that the name of the character played by Reedus is "Sam". The next day, the same trailer was shown again at Playstation Experience, in which also Kojima made an appearance on stage during the event. Mark Cerny, commented the trailer saying that the game would have gained sense after 4-5 hours of playing and confirmed that the video was captured on Playstation 4 Pro[21]. The same month Kojima reveals new information on the gameplay, that he was aware of the common belief that would see him proceeding too slowly in the development, but reiterated that this was not the case, and also revealed that the team was unable to do any performance capture or voice over for the third trailer in time for E3 2017 due to the 2016–17 video game voice actor strike, so it was delayed until the Game Awards[22].

In February 2018, Emily O'Brien and Troy Baker were revealed to be part of the cast of Death Stranding[23]. In May, Sony Worldwide Studios' Shawn Layden, revealed that Death Stranding would be part of four games – along with Ghost of TsushimaSpider-Man and The Last of Us Part II – on which the company would deeply focus during Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018[24]. On May 18, Kojima teased at the E3 trailer on twitter[25].

At the event, an extensive teaser trailer[26] premiering gameplay and incorporating the song Asylums for the Feeling by Silent Poets (feat. Leila Adu) was released and revealed that actresses Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner were part of the cast[27].

In July 24, Hideo Kojima, with his assistant Ayako, is in London, UK, for a voiceover recording session.[28] The next day he meet French actress Léa Seydoux.[29]

Releases Edit

A release window of Death Stranding has been given by Kojima. The director has stated that, "[Death Stranding] will be out before the Olympics", referencing the Tokyo 2020 Games. More precisely, he has revealed that "there is a movie called Akira, and [Death Stranding] will be out before the year in which Akira is set", with Akira being set in the year 2019.[30]

Easter Eggs Edit

A set of three very rare items, named Stranded Items, can be found in Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn. The icon for every stranded item is the silhouette of Kojima Productions' mascot and logo, Ludens.

The three Items are:

  • Stranded Necklace: described as "Six tarnished metal ingots threaded with a plain wire." are the dog tag-laden necklace worn by Sam in the reveal trailer.
  • Stranded Figure: described as "A battered idol of an infant, smelling faintly of decay." is the doll of the TGA 2016 teaser trailer.
  • Stranded Shackles: described as "Shackles made from an unknown, smooth material." are the handcuffs attached to Sam and an Unknown Man wrists.

Gallery Edit

Promotional Images Edit

Videos Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Death Stranding - E3 2018 4K Trailer | PS4
  2. ^ Hideo Kojima reveals more about his mysterious Death Stranding game
  3. ^ Kojima's Death Stranding is an action game in an open world
  4. ^ The Hideo Kojima Death Stranding interview: Strands, Decima and Guerrilla Games
  5. ^ Kojima Explains Death Stranding Gameplay and Lore
  6. ^ Death Stranding - E3 2018 4K Trailer | PS4
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/1012301654232715264
  8. ^ Kojima Productions and Sony Officially Announce Partnership
  9. ^ Death Stranding's teaser probably won't be playable, Hideo Kojima says
  10. ^ Death Stranding – E3 2016 Reveal Trailer | PS4
  11. ^ Hideo Kojima's New Game, Death Stranding, Already Has Conspiracy Theories
  12. ^ Hideo Kojima Gives More Info on His New PS4 Game Death Stranding
  13. ^ Death Stranding's teaser probably won't be playable, Hideo Kojima says
  14. ^ Kojima Partnering With Killzone, Horizon Dev Guerrilla for Death Stranding
  15. ^ Death Stranding - Teaser Trailer - TGA 2016 - 4K
  16. ^ Death Stranding Will Be Out Before 2019, May Feature Heroine
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/Lumparn/status/805197093782421504
  18. ^ Death Stranding Enters ‘Full Swing’ Development Next Year
  19. ^ E3 2017 - PlayStation's Shawn Layden on Death Stranding, Spider-man and the nature of the console competition
  20. ^ DEATH STRANDING - Teaser Trailer - TGA 2017 - 4K
  21. ^ Death Stranding Trailer Makes Sense After Playing 4-5 Hours, Sony Exec Claims
  22. ^ Kojima Explains Death Stranding Gameplay and Lore
  23. ^ Troy Baker, Emily O'Brien Join Cast of Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding
  24. ^ PlayStation at E3 2018: The Journey Begins June 11 at 6:00pm Pacific
  25. ^ https://twitter.com/hideo_kojima_en/status/996906155141095424
  26. ^ DEATH STRANDING - Teaser Trailer – E3 2018 - 4K
  27. ^ Watch the New Death Stranding Trailer From E3 2018
  28. ^ https://twitter.com/Kaizerkunkun/status/1021676833383886848
  29. ^ https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/1022163924777615360
  30. ^ Death Stranding Will Be Out Before 2019, May Feature Heroine

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