Hideo Kojima is back with another long, beautiful, highly bizarre trailer for his upcoming game Death Stranding, starring Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, with a guest(?) appearance by Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro and Mikkelsen aren’t in this trailer. With no gameplay out and not much information about the game, Avclub has an analysis:
At the moment, Hideo Kojima’s upcoming project Death Stranding is less a video game and more a series of weird art films that he trots out once a year with the clear intent of prolonging his friendship with Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen for as long as humanly possible. That being said, between the game’s initial E3 announcement in 2016 and two consecutive trailers at the annual Game Awards—the latest released last night—we’ve now got more than 15 minutes of Death Stranding to analyze and agonize over, so we thought we’d look over everything we’ve got on Kojima’s latest opus and try to come up with a grand, unified theory of this game about emphasizing “ropes”—i.e., human connections—over “sticks”—weapons—once and for all.
Death Stranding still doesn’t have a release date and neither Kojima nor any of his famous friends seem like they’ll be talking any time soon. I don’t know about you, William, but for now, I’m more than happy to accept our vision of this bizarre game as the truth. I for one can’t wait to use Magic Baby power to save humanity as we know it from the Bad Floaters.