Why is Death Stranding the Game You Need to Watch Out For
Years after news hit the gaming boards that game developer Hideo Kojima, who is known for his out-of-the-box thinking and exceptional storylines, had been working on a new project, he is finally back with a bang with this brand-new genre-elusive game that fans can’t wait to get their hands on.
What is Death Stranding all about?
The word ‘cryptic’ has been tossed around quite a bit in the gaming community with reference to Death Stranding. Death Stranding is the much-awaited video game developed by Kojima Productions. The production company is making its comeback after its disbandment from the gaming conglomerate Konami in 2015 with this new and innovative game. According to Hideo Kojima, the game would begin a genre of its own called ‘strand’, or ‘social strand’ – similar to how his game ‘Metal Gear’ was categorized as an action game before its release solely because the ‘stealth’ genre of gaming hadn’t been discovered yet.
The developers have so far only revealed infinitesimal details about the plot and world where Death Stranding is set. Here’s what we know so far:
– The game will be released on November 8, 2019.
The game’s release date was one of the less cryptic details revealed by the trailer to the game.
– A key part of the title is going to be asynchronous multiplayer.
As you play the game, you will have to help other online players via asynchronous gameplay. This means sharing safe houses, sending supplies, and even walking hand-in-hand with other players to ‘reunite civilization’. Think of it as a sort of friendly NPC.
– Should be played on PlayStation 4
Death Stranding can be played in both the single as well as multiplayer mode. The game is
specifically designed for PlayStation 4. However, a leak suggests that a PC Version of the game is to be released one year after its PS4-exclusive launch.
Let’s take a closer look at the plot:
Set after the collapse of civilization as we know it, Death Stranding revolves around Sam
Bridges who must embark on a dangerous journey across a ravaged, sub-optimal landscape
encountering otherworldly threats as well as creatures to save mankind from extinction. Death stranding refers to supernatural events which occur as the result of mysterious explosions that have rocked the planet.
Kojima has revealed that one of the main themes that can be observed in the game was inspired by a short story by Kōbō Abe. The game draws a strong connection between life and death. He wants people to communicate via the game-equivalent of ropes, using them as tools to tie whatever is close to themselves. The word ‘stranding’ in the title refers to connection and strings (a double-meaning of sorts).
Not only is Death Stranding innovative, but it also marks the beginning of an all-new genre to be explored. Here’s the trailer for you.
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