After hours of teasing via a cryptic Twitch stream, today, Hideo Kojima revealed his next game, Death Stranding, will be launching on the PS4 on November 8th.
The lengthy stream featured a series of handprints covering what appeared to be gameplay footage, though it was hard to tell what was going on, which is fitting for what we’ve seen of the game so far. As the stream went on, and picked up viewers, more of the footage became visible. The stream was coupled with the tagline “the world is in your hands,” and it ended with the release date news along with a new trailer that featured the main cast including — yes — that creepy baby. The trailer provided a few more glimpses of proper gameplay, which will apparently revolve around rebuilding a ruined society, while fighting angry people in hazmat suits and sneaking past ghostly creatures in a dark forest. It seems just as confusing as ever.
Death Stranding was first revealed in 2016 as Kojima’s first major project since his much-publicized departure from Konami and the Metal Gear Solid series, which included the cancellation of the anticipated reboot Silent Hills. Since then, we’ve seen a range of unsettling and purposefully strange trailers for the game starring the likes of Norman Reedus, Guillermo del Toro, and Mads Mikkelsen. The most recent clip from last year’s E3 featured Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner along with the first glimpse of actual gameplay.
Death Stranding still remains largely a mystery, but at least we know when we can finally play it. Meanwhile, the PS4’s other high-profile exclusives — Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us: Part II — still don’t have release dates.
By Andrew Webster