From an extremely long release date trailer to a stellar cast, it is safe to say that Hideo Kojima’s PlayStation exclusive Death Stranding is on a whole other level than previous titles helmed by the Japanese auteur.

While the latest trailer showcased gameplay design that is along the lines of modern games, the whole idea of it is somewhat hard to categorise, and according to the man himself, that is because it is an entirely new genre.

On Twitter, Kojima shared more about what he aimed to achieve with Death Stranding, painting it not as a “stealth game” nor an “FPS shooting game either.” It is a combination of an “action game/strand game (social strand system).”

Of course, there are still sections of the game that calls for stealth and shooting, in the trailer we see Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus) engage in combat and trying to stay undetected in the world created by Kojima. However, what is more essential to the experience is “incorporating the concept of connection(strand)” to produce a “totally brand new genre.”

This is definitely not the first time the developer has coined a new term for the gaming industry, giving us “transfarring” with the release of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, the concept of transferring and sharing your save between the PSP, PS Vita, PS3, and PS4. The more famous tagline of “Tactical Espionage Action” of the Metal Gear Solid series is also a Kojima exclusive.

A stellar cast containing Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Guillermo Del Toro, Lindsay Wagner, and Troy Baker also saw the addition of  Nicolas Winding Refn and Margaret Qualley in the latest trailer for Death Stranding.

Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus plays Sam, actors Lea Seydoux and Mads Mikkelsen as Fragile and Cliff respectively, actress Margaret Qualley from The Leftovers plays Mama, while The Last of Us actor Troy Baker is Higgs.  Lindsay Wagner plays Amelie, while del Toro portrays Deadman.

Death Stranding comes to the PS4 this November 8.

Jake Su
Trophy hunter and dedicated completionist, love to talk all things games!


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