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Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding Just Gets Weirder With Each Trailer

by Eric Frederiksen | September 25, 2018September 25, 2018 11:30 am PDT

Hideo Kojima is nothing short of a legend in the gaming world thanks to his 3-decade tenure on his Metal Gear series. For the last couple years since the company sent him packing when it decide to focus on pachinko machines instead of big-scale games, he’s been working on something new: Death Stranding. Ever since the first trailer, we’ve been struggling to figure out exactly what it’s about.

Now, the newest trailer coming out of the Tokyo Games Show tells us absolutely nothing concrete. Dangit, Kojima.

The new video features voice actor Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and many more) as “The Man in the Golden Mask.” In this sequence, Norman Reedus’ character – Sam Porter Bridges – encounters Baker’s character while lugging some large cargo around. Baker’s character says he had a surprise cooked up for Bridges, but has to improvise. He lowers his golden mask to the ground, revealing another mask beneath it, and the mask starts to pull up the black tar that we’ve seen appear in Death Stranding trailers over and over, and it forms into a writhing, lion-like quadruped beast. The Man in the Golden Mask promises Bridges a simple task: “All you gotta do to make it out alive is not get eaten. Sound fun? Of course it does!”

Of course, the trailer ends just before we get any gameplay, a consistent point of frustration for those skeptical of Kojima’s games. It’ll likely be a bit before we get to see any of that. In the meantime, I’m digging these weird trailers and could probably just be happy getting semi-annual weird trailers from Kojima in perpetuity.

In addition to Troy Baker and Norman Reedus, actors Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) are appearing in this game, as is Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro.

The game doesn’t have a release date yet but, at this point, we’re guessing at a 2020 release for this PlayStation 4 exclusive.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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