Sony has finally announced the release date for Death Stranding, the much-anticipated PS4 title from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. The game will launch on November 8, 2019. In addition, the company revealed an extensive look at gameplay for the first time–take a look at the trailer above. Pre-orders are now live, and the game’s various special editions–including a $200 collector’s edition–has been unveiled.
Death Stranding is Kojima’s first game since leaving Konami and is something of a departure from what we’ve seen him and his team do in the past.
We have a detailed trailer breakdown that dives into every aspect, but essentially we see main character Sam exploring a strange open-world filled with mysterious creatures. We see him riding a motorbike and, separately, being attacked by some of the world’s monsters. Elsewhere he wields an assault rifle to retaliate.
The trailer begins with Mads Mikkelsen’s character singing to what seemingly is the artificial baby seen in previous trailers–he refers to it as BB. From there, we see a photograph of Sam and his wife–whose face is greyed out–and a woman that is presumably his mother. A sickly woman that seems to be the president of a company called Bridges says, “Together, you can help us reconnect. You can make America whole.” Sam replies, saying, “No, America is finished … We don’t need a country. Not anymore.”
There also seems to be an ongoing conflict with a militant separatist group that have special powers. They enter into towns and kill people. In terms of gameplay, we see Sam engaging with enemies in third-person melee combat, but there’s also elements of stealth, which will no doubt be appreciated by fans of Kojima’s previous titles.
Sam works for Bridges and we see him suiting up, to the sounds of Path by Apocalyptica. He goes out into a strand world, traversing terrains from snowy mountains to rocky cliffs, using tools such as a ladder and a Climbing Anchor to get around. We’re also introduced to a number of characters, many of which have interesting names. You can see a full list of the characters and the actors playing them below:
- Sam — Norman Reedus
- Cliff — Mads Mikkelsen
- Fragile — Lea Seydoux
- Mama — Margaret Qually
- Deadman — Guillermo Del Toro
- Heartman — Nicolas Winding Refn
- Die-Hardman — Tommie Earl Jenkins
- Higgs — Troy Baker
- Amelie — Lindsay Wagner
The special editions of the game include the Collector’s edition, Digital Deluxe edition, and Special edition. The Collector’s edition is the big highlight, coming with a cargo case, “life-sized” BB pod statue, and a ludens keychain, along with in-game content.
The release date was revealed in a peculiar Twitch stream in which footage was slowly uncovered by fading handprints. The stream eventually showed an extensive trailer that included gameplay footage, which you can watch above. A message from Kojima was also posted on the PlayStation Blog and offers more insight into what the game involves and is about.
“Death Stranding is a completely new type of action game, where the goal of the player is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society. It is created so that all elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of the ‘Strand’ or connection.
“As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to bridge the divides in society, and in doing create new bonds or ‘Strands’ with other players around the globe. Through your experience playing the game, I hope you’ll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others.”
Until now, little had been known about Death Stranding, with Kojima Productions and Sony remaining tight-lipped for much of the game’s development cycle. A recent report said Death Stranding could come to PS5, but that has not yet been announced. For now, it will be coming to PS4 only on November 8.
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