The recently revealed Death Stranding trailer helped explain a little more of the story and game world but we’re still not entirely sure what sort of game it is. It turns out we don’t recognise it as we’ve never seen it before. Hideo Kojima has took to Twitter to explain everything in a clear and concise manner.
Lols, jk, of course he did not.
“Death Stranding is not a stealth game,” he tweeted, dashing peoples hopes that it was a new Metal Gear style game. “Could move subjectively but not a FPS shooting game either. By incorporating with the concept of connection(strand), it’s totally brand new genre called action game/strand game(social strand system),” he added.
Well we know what the game isn’t now, someone just needs to explain what a strand game is. Whatever it is, it’s brand new and Koijma has gone as far as trademarking Strand Game and Social Strand System so no one can copy it.
We do know the game has asynchronous play as the official description has this detail:
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.
We also know that Norman Reedus has said that the game is “so ahead of its time, and there’re elements of social media in it,” and the game is about reconnecting with people after the end of the internet, “This is after that and the re-establishing of that physical contact,” he said.
Clearly there’s a huge part of Death Stranding that has not been revealed but perhaps the clue is in the title? Kojima has revealed you can’t die in the game, instead you get pulled in to an ‘upside down’ world and must find your way out. If that involves some sort of interaction with other players, the ‘social strand’, that makes it the Death Stranding. There have been references to Death Stranding being an ‘event’ in the game world.
Perhaps when the Sam you are playing dies he goes in to limbo upside down world and ends up in someone else’s game world? That would require some co-operation between players, making sure their Sam is equipped with the right gear and knowledge to help out another player, the story gradually revealed as the ‘death strands’ combine, you would be as the description states, walking in the footsteps of fellow couriers.
Hopefully we will know more soon.