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.
— 小島秀夫 (@Kojima_Hideo) October 3, 2018
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.
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