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

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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?

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