Death Stranding finally shows us gameplay in new footage

By James O'Connor
12 June 2018 03:02 GMT

Kojima Productions has shown off Death Stranding, and we finally have a better idea of what it is…kind of.

After Sony’s E3 presentation today, we have a clearer idea of what Death Stranding, first announced at E3 2016, might involve…in that there’s a lot of walking and no combat in this footage.

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We see Norman Reedus venturing through what look like playable sections in the new trailer, with a lot of clambouring and walking through various terrain. He has something on his shoulder in one shot that might be a gun, but we never seen it fire. There’s a definite stealth section later on, where the player tries – and fails – to avoid a bunch of floating shadow things, but to be honest we’re not sure that we figure it out logistically.

At another point Norman is shown ripping off a toenail, which is..gross. But hey, it opens with a baby in a throat flashing its little butt, so body horror is definitely on the menu.

And hey, is that Lea Seydoux popping up cutscene? And eating a weird bug? Between her and Mads, this game is going to be full of excellent European accents. And then, right at the end, we get a glimpse of Lindsay Wagner, the Bionic Woman herself.

As usual, we’re coming away with more questions than answers. The game’s catchphrase seems to be ‘Give Me Your Hand In Death’, which, hmmm. Perhaps what makes Death Stranding so compelling, beyond the wild production history after Kojima’s split from Konami, is that we can watch several trailers for it and still have no idea what it’s about. We’re just excited to see what Kojima comes up with.

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