With the release of Death Stranding just a few months away, Hideo Kojima finally revealed the first gameplay video of the upcoming open-world game at Gamescom 2019, specifically during the Opening Night Live event by Geoff Keighley.
Once Kojima took to the stage, he presented three videos: two character clips and the gameplay video itself. After each video, Kojima goes on to explain a bit about the characters and what gamers can expect in Death Stranding. In case you haven’t yet, watch Kojima’s full presentation at Gamescom here:
In typical Kojima fashion, even if we got more Death Stranding content, the game’s story and its moment-to-moment gameplay are still unclear. We still can’t say for sure what to expect with the game, but we’re still on board Kojima’s wild ride!
The first character video during Kojima’s stage time presented Mama (played by Margaret Qualley). As her name implies, Mama is a mother, but not of just any baby. Mama’s daughter is in fact a BT; BTs being the creepy shadow enemies the Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus) faces throughout the game’s world. Though in the video, Mama says that her baby BT is harmless, and that she’s still connected to her daughter even if the baby is “on the other side.”
The next character video highlighted the Bridge Baby (BB) as well as Deadman (based on Guillermo Del Toro). The BB is the baby that Sam uses to detect BTs while out on the world. But of course, sensing BTs ‘puts stress on the BB’, as Deadman puts it. From the video, it seems that managing the BB is going to be an integral part of Death Stranding’s gameplay.
After the two character videos, Kojima finally showcased the game’s first gameplay video. In the vid, Sam delivers a package to a “prepper” (basically a sidequest) played by Geoff Keighley himself in a cameo appearance. The delivery itself basically just showed traversal of the game’s world. What drew laughter and cheers from the crowd though is the fact that the Sam Bridges can pee in-game. Yes, that’s right, you can have him pee, and even aim it too! Finally, the gameplay ended with Sam calming down the BB after a nasty fall.
The gameplay is not what we expected at all; in fact, we think it’s not truly representative of Death Stranding’s actual gameplay, aside from maybe the delivery aspect. What we do know for sure is that Sam’s main objective is to connect the cities of a post-apocalyptic USA.
Death Stranding will be released on November 8, 2019 for the PS4.