This game is itching at my brain so I decided to start a discussion thread because reasons.
What the fuck is Death Stranding?
The short version is, "It's what happens when you throw a ton of money at Hideo Kojima and tell him to do whatever the fuck he wants."
The longer version:
ONCE UPON A TIME Hideo Kojima, the guy most well known for the Metal Gear
games, said to his friend Guillermo del Toro (well known for Hellboy
, Pacific Rim
, and Pan's Labyrinth
), "hey dude do you want to make the new Silent Hill
game" and del Toro was like FUCK YES and they made a little thing called PT which was an amazing, critically acclaimed demo for their concept for a game called Silent Hills
. And there was much rejoicing.
Then Konami was like, "You know what, we personally hate you, Kojima, and in truth we really just want to make pachinko games, because fuck video games." Now normally, most people agree, "Fuck videogames" but in this case it was like, "dude this tiny demo was one of the best horror games in the past decade by itself, wtf." and Konami went "PACHINKO GAIZ."
To quote del Toro:
Thus Kojima went "You know what? Fuck you guys. I'm out. I'm starting my own studio, with a shirtless Norman Reedus, and dead sea life, and weird babies that dissolve into oil. Sony, give me a fuckton of money to do whatever the hell I want."
Presumably Sony looked at the reaction to PT and went, "Yeah shirtless Norman Reedus with dead sea life and bizarre oil babies sounds like a bestseller, have all the money ever."
Then he went back to del Toro and was like, "hey dude you wanna be in my game" and del Toro was like FUCK YES and Kojima was like, "Also do you know Mads Mikkelsen I really like how he stares ominously at things and Hannibal
was pretty great" and del Toro was like "Sure I'll see what I can do."
... Okay but, do we actually know anything about the game besides this?
A few key quotes from Kojima...
“Metal Gear was an action game,” Kojima tells IGN, “but it was an action game where you happened to be hiding. There was no genre for that back then, and now it’s classified as a stealth game. In that regard, Death Stranding will also be an action game, but I want to make something new, something different.”
"[...]the idea of life and death being connected to each other,” according to Kojima.
“Animals are connected with each other, people are connected to each other, so many things are connected."
“In this short story, Abe states that the first tool mankind created is a stick,” Kojima tells IGN. “He states that the stick is the first tool that mankind created to put distance between himself and bad things — to protect himself. He states that the second tool mankind created is a rope. A rope is a tool used to secure things that are important to you.”
Kojima points to the umbilical cord in the trailer, and the rope-like “umbilical cords” hanging from the actual title of the game.
“Most of your tools in action games are sticks,” Kojima continues. “You punch or you shoot or you kick. The communication is always through these ‘sticks.’ In [Death Stranding], I want people to be connected not through sticks, but through what would be the equivalent of ropes… But of course you will be able to use the sticks too.”
The title isn't just engrish, by the way, there's actually a lot of thought put into it:
On the title. "Death Stranding" apparently refers to when whales or dolphins wash up dead on the shore (live stranding being when the creatures can be saved and returned to the sea), and the strange phenomenon of mass strandings.
"This title refers to something from another world stranded in our world", Kojima said.
The meaning of the word 'strand' as a fibre connecting objects also factors in, with Kojima adding that "in Death Stranding, there is story, game, and world view, all connected by strands." The theme of the game is "to connect".
Yeah I know.
Personally, I am intrigued by the aesthetics of the game, but it remains to be seen if it'll actually be compelling or just a walking simulator with a lot of navel-gazing, and if it'll come out any time in the next 10 years, if ever.
The Escape Goat: If there's anywhere that Occam's Razor fails to apply it's Elder Scrolls lore.
Delduwath: Yeah, gotta use Mehrunes' Razor.