Ten things we think we know about Death Stranding (but probably don’t)
We break down kojima’s latest teaser to see What secrets it reveals
MAGIC RAIN SPEEDS UP TIME
As the camera pans over Reedus’ body, the rain causes the vegetation around him to spring up and wither. Kojima’s confirmed that this is ‘Timefall’ – rainfall that speeds up time. Why neither Reedus or his buddy are affected is unclear, but the guy pinned by the truck isn’t immune.
THERE’S A SECOND BIG BANG
Reedus’ narration retells the Big Bang theory. But as the teaser progresses, we’re introduced to the idea of a second Big Bang, one that devastated the world as we know it. What could’ve caused it remains unknown for now, but Kojima’s explored the idea of nuclear war many times before.
NORMAN REEDUS IS A PORTER...
This is a shot in the dark as it’s possible ‘Porter’ may be Reedus’ surname, but given what the men are doing - moving bodies around, and transporting a baby in a box – we’re inclined to believe this is his occupation rather than name. That said, we do learn that Reedus’ character’s first name is Sam.
...AND WORKS FOR A DISPOSAL TEAM
When the camera pans to the unfortunate soul squished by the vehicle, the words “Corpse Disposal Team 6” can be read on the uniforms of the men. Quite how the world has gotten to the state to need full-time corpse disposal teams we have no idea, but it’s not looking good.
THE BABY DETECTS ENEMIES
Whilst trying to pull his buddy from the wreck, Reedus' partner shouts, “Shit, they’re here!” as the robotic arm over his shoulder starts flashing. However, it seems it’s the baby he’s holding that triggers this, not the gear. Reedus’ sensor only deploys when he’s holding the baby.
WRISTBANDS ARE LIFE METERS
Kojima’s revealed that this latest trailer is footage from an early section of the game. If true, that means we may be playing without a HUD.
It’s plausible that the characters’ wristbands indicate life level, the bands’ colours mimicking that of the PS4’S Dualshock.
THE OIL WANTS YOU IF YOU’RE ALIVE...
The oil – thought to be manipulated by one/all of the beings we’ve seen suspended mid-air – apparently isn’t interested in taking you if you’re dead. The moment Reedus’ buddy puts the poor lad pinned beneath the vehicle out of his misery, the oil dropped him instantly.
...BUT DEATH IS NOT A DO-OVER
Reedus’ character is plunged into an ocean where fish swim upside down and everything drifts to the surface. Kojima has hinted this is a kind of purgatory, a place for you to gather items before continuing your game. Just don’t expect to be dropped off precisely where you left off…
THE HOODED MAN IS MADS MIKKELSEN
There’s no way to confirm this, but while it’s only on-screen briefly, the way the hooded character gesticulates and puts its finger to its lips is eerily reminiscent of Mads’ movements in a prior teaser. Could this be Mads in action… albeit without his death marionettes this time?
THERE MAY BE MULTIPLAYER
Kojima’s already showed us he thinks globally when it comes to multiplayer. Given the recurring ‘connections’ motif (strands, ropes, umbilical cords etc) – plus Kojima’s desire for “people to be connected” – isn’t the internet the perfect facilitator for this concept?