505 Games will publish the PC version of Hideo Kojima’s highly-anticipated title Death Stranding, releasing in Summer 2020. The console version of the Death Stranding will exclusively be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4 with a release date of Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Additional details about the PC release of Death Stranding will be revealed in the near future.
Developed by Kojima Productions, Death Stranding is one of the most anticipated games of the last decade and stars Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Léa Seydoux (Spectre) with additional appearances by Academy Award® winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), comedian and television host Conan O’Brien (TBS’ Conan) and games personality Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards®. Death Stranding follows the story of Sam Porter (Norman Reedus), who must travel across a ravaged wasteland and save humanity from impending annihilation after mysterious explosions set off a series of supernatural events and otherworldly creatures begin to plague the landscape.
“We are extremely excited and honored to be working with the supremely talented team at Kojima Productions and to bring Death Stranding to PC gamers around the world,” said 505 Games co-founder and CEO Raffi Galante. “Death Stranding will take gamers through a completely original experience that will delight PC gamers everywhere.”
Kojima Production’s Death Stranding ‘s showings at the Tokyo Game Show have begun and the first piece of trailers to be shown is the briefing trailer.
This briefing trailer breaks down the story and seems to be the same video from Gamescom that was shown behind closed doors. This trailer essentially sets up the plot of the game and helps the player understand what the main theme of the game is, atleast for now.
Minor Spoilers for the introductory story of the game as seen from the trailer so be warned.
The trailer shows off the relationship between Sam, Die Hardman, and Amelie as the latter two try to recruit Sam to help connect and bridge the United Cities of America together after the daughter of the now-deceased President Amelie tried to do but failed and was captured by an extremist group.
Sam has some sort of a relationship with these characters but then left their outfit after the death of Amelie’s mother and was subsequently stripped from all his relationship to their faction.
This is probably the first trailer that wasn’t a cryptic cutscene but rather a rather self-explanatory story cutscene that introduces the main plot of the game. However, it is yet to be seen if this is the introduction of the game or something that happens later on and is a flashback of sorts because you never really know with Mr. Hideo.
Fans who have been looking forward to the game can now rest easy after watching this trailer and if you’d like, you can skip the upcoming gameplay trailers if you don’t want to spoil yourself since we don’t know what they’ll showcase in those videos.
Many fans are happy with this trailer itself and feel reassured by it to trust Kojima with the end product and don’t plan on watching other videos about the game just so they can experience it for themselves.
We will have more information about the game soon so stick around for more Death Stranding and news from the Tokyo Game Show.
Hideo Kojima is one of the most cryptic people in the games industry. Due to this, anything he does on Social Media or in general leads people to believe that he’s teasing something about his upcoming game and this is the case with a trailer that he recently shared.
Hideo Kojima shared a trailer for a game called RUSSIA 2055 on his twitter which is being developed by a studio named Invictus Volition. If you’re having a hard time figuring out which studio this is, don’t worry. According to the Unreal Engine forum post, this is actually just one guy who has been developing the game for the past few months. This person also seems to be taking feedback from the community. What’s interesting is that this account was made in 2015 but joined Twitter a month back, probably to showcase the game.
Here’s the description for RUSSIA 2055 which seems to be a game very similar to Titanfall but a bit more darker, more Metal Gear like:
“In year 2055 US Forces and Russian Military conflict halts as they defend earth from the first alien invasion that first started in Russia. Russia 2055 Is a futuristic military First Person Shooter game. With a Multiplayer of up to 64 Players. Multiplayer consists of Mech vs Mech, Russian vs Us Military, Alien vs US/RU”
There’s plenty of games out there so why did Hideo choose to share this? Is this some sort of prequel/ backstory for Death Stranding? Did Hideo just enjoy the brief little trailer and the storyline for the game? Is Invictus Volition just someone who is part of the dev team? Hideo has made up a fictional studio named Moby Dick Studious in the past and hired an actor to interview with Geoff Keighley, a video game journalist who was part of G4tv.
Invictus is famous a poem by William Ernest Henly and the word in Latin means “unconquerable” or “undefeated”. The poem is about courage in the face of death and holding on to one’s own dignity despite the indignities life places before us. It focuses strongly on the fact that our destiny is in our own hands. Volition is the power of one’s will or the ability of someone to make their decision on their own. So there’s a lot of emphasis on decision making which could be one of the key parts of Death Stranding.
In one of the first trailers for Death Stranding, Kojima quoted the poem ‘Auguries of Innocence’ by William Blake which is a poem that focuses on Spirituality, God and life after death. The specific lines quoted talks about how even the smallest of things can be monumental for some. In terms of Death Stranding though, we’ve seen a lot of Sand and Dirt in the trailers and we know that there might be some sort of weird time mechanic as we watch plants blossom and die in the E3 2018 trailer. Let’s also not forget that the main character seems to carry around a baby which could be a way of transporting his soul to a new body hence the life after death part.
I feel Kojima might be hinting towards the inspiration for the game and also the themes that the game will deal with. Only time will tell if this tweet was a red herring or if it was a subtle hint towards something bigger but until then, thanks for making everyone put their detective hats on Mr. Kojima.