- A highly-anticipated game set to arrive this November is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4 — it’s called "Death Stranding."
- Since being announced in June 2016, several bizarre trailers for the game have been released. They offered little explanation of what players would do in the game, or what the story was.
- But a new trailer, released this week, offers the first clear picture of what the game’s about, how it works, and what it plays like.
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During the past three years, there have been several lengthy trailers released for the upcoming game "Death Stranding."
"Death Stranding" is the hotly anticipated new game from Hideo Kojima, the video game industry’s foremost auteur and creator of the critically-acclaimed "Metal Gear."
But each of the "Death Stranding" trailers has been more inscrutable than the last.
In the first trailer, a naked Norman Reedus weeps while holding a baby on a beach full of dead sealife. In another, Léa Seydoux eats a squirming grub. In several of the trailers, a baby in a womb gives a thumbs up, does a backflip, and shows the viewer its butt.
What is this game?
This week, we finally found out, thanks to an extra lengthy new trailer that provides a deeper look at how the game will actually play. Here’s everything we learned about the biggest upcoming game of 2019:
1. "Death Stranding" is an open-world, third-person action game with a heavy emphasis on stealth and puzzle solving.
The most important thing we saw in the new trailer for "Death Stranding" was straight-up gameplay: Norman Reedus’ character Sam exploring a gorgeous open-world environment.
He explores on foot, and he explores on a motorcycle. Sometimes he uses gadgets to traverse a particularly perilous bit of terrain — a cliff face or a mountain ridge or a snow-covered peak.
Moreover, he’s exploring America.
2. The game is set in a "near future" America, on an Earth that’s "on the verge of a mass extinction."
According to a description of the game published by Sony, Sam is on a "journey across the ravaged wasteland" of America, in a near future where "mysterious explosions have rocked the planet."
As you can see above, he has a pretty sweet motorcycle to help him get around.
3. There are four core components of "Death Stranding," which were finally spelled out this week: Puzzle solving, exploration, asymmetric co-op, and combat choice.
There’s a major emphasis on puzzle solving as a means of connecting communities in "Death Stranding" — Sam is exploring the "United Cities of America" (UCA), attempting to re-connect them in the wake of disaster.
Additionally, exploration is another core component of the game, while carefully avoiding the "beached things" (BTs) that roam the American landscape (we’ll get to those in a moment).
There’s also an asymmetric co-operative element to the game: "Send supplies, share safe houses, and walk in the footsteps of fellow couriers to reunite civilization," the game’s description says.
Moreover, the concept of dying in "Death Stranding" is a little different than most games. "Lose your life during combat and you’ll find yourself in an upside-down realm, searching for a way back to the living," it says. Moreover, any actions you take in that upside-down realm could have an impact later on in the game.
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