During yesterday’s reveal Hideo Kojima hinted that there would be some sort of online component to Death Stranding and we now have more details, thanks to the official Death Stranding page on PlayStation.Com.
Under the heading “Assist other players” is the following text:
Help other travellers without ever crossing paths via asynchronous online gameplay. Send supplies, share safe houses and walk in the footsteps of fellow couriers to reunite civilisation.
As expected the online element is cooperative and friendly rather than violent, and suggest you will be able to see the path other players have taken across the landscape.The site also reveals – plot twist – that you can’t die in the game.
Death is not the end: There is no traditional ‘game over’ state in Death Stranding. Lose your life during combat and you’ll find yourself in an upside-down realm, searching for a way back to the living. Choose your combat methods carefully, as killing your foe is almost never the solution – and every death carries a consequence.
That sounds a bit Stranger Things, doesn’t it? Here’s more about the game.
In the near future, mysterious explosions have rocked the globe, setting off a series of supernatural events known as the Death Stranding. With otherworldly creatures plaguing the landscape, and mass extinction imminent, it’s up to Sam Porter Bridges to travel across the ravaged wasteland and save humanity from impending annihilation.
Arm yourself and take aim at a variety of objectives in your mission to reunite a broken nation, while balancing under the weight of your cargo as you travel. Protect your supplies from wild bandits, and stay safe from the terrifying Beached Things… or face failing those who depend on you.
The Decima Engine renders a hyper-realistic landscape utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Unpassable obstacles block your path and force you to find different routes, while supernatural elements alter the physical state of your surroundings.
In case you missed it, here’s the lengthy trailer from yesterday.