‘Death Stranding’ Gamescom Trailers: There is Pee Gameplay and Interdimensional Breast Feeding. Kojima, like, what the fuck?
I can tell you one thing for certain: I have no fucking idea what Death Stranding is going to be. Outside of, you know, absolutely fucking crazy. Pissing gameplay? Breastfeeding across dimensions?
Hit the jump for more details, and an additional trailer.
During the marketing campaign of Metal Gear Solid 2, Konami and Hideo Kojima did the best they could to obfuscate the real focus of gameplay. Despite most of the game involving the player controlling the whiny Raiden, footage from the Tanker presented the case for a Snake-heavy game. Perhaps that kind of bait and switch will happen with Death Stranding.
I say that because after a few more character trailers and a Hideo Kojima sizzle reel from Gamescom Opening Night Live, in addition to more gameplay footage, I still have no idea what Death Stranding’s core gameplay loop will look like. At this point, I might not even want to, as when you have women characters tied to ghost babies by umbilical cords while ghost breastfeeding from a character named Mama, maybe it’s not that deep.
The Mama character video introduces her ghost baby born to the other side, still attached to her at the belly and floating like some sort of death strand. For some reason, she accentuates her continued development of breast milk and even grabs her breasts to accentuate that fact, highlighting the idea that maybe someone at Kojima Productions should learn what a woman is.
Death Stranding director/producer/designer/co-writer Hideo Kojima has revealed the first extended look at gameplay for his long-awaited next title. Unsurprisingly, given what we know about this game so far, it’s pretty wild.
It opens with Norman Reedus’ character Sam Porter Bridges dozing in a rocky outdoor area, cradling his bridge baby — an infant in a bottle that helps him detect monsters (or BTs). Once he wakes up, he relieves himself via a urination option, causing a huge mushroom to sprout. Seriously.
Sam then traverses the landscape with the aid of his giant, extending ladder, making his way to a cliffside station where a hologram provides him with a task. However, once he leaves, Sam falls down the cliff, upsetting his bridge baby. He then rocks the child to calm it. We’ve come a long way from Pong.
The urination mechanic might actually have some bearing on gameplay. Kojima noted that if a bunch of players pee in the same place, the mushroom might be useful, and it could even be used as a weapon. Oh, and if you were wondering, if you try to move the camera while Sam is relieving himself, he’ll turn to protect his modesty.
While Kojima was still fairly reluctant to spell out many more plot details, he affirmed that Sam’s aim is to help reconnect isolated cities in the midst of a fractured society. He hinted that there are several cameos from well-known faces — the hologram is played by Gamescom opening night host Geoff Keighley (of The Game Awards fame). They’ll add to a cast that includes Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo Del Toro, Troy Baker, Léa Seydoux, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Nicholas Winding Refn.
At Gamescom, Kojima also presented character videos for Mama and Bridge Baby. You’ll get to spend more time with them, Sam and the rest of what the producer has conjured up with his patented brand of weirdness when Death Stranding is released for PS4 November 8th.