Over an hour’s worth of brand new Death Stranding game footage will be revealed next week at Tokyo Game Show.
Death Stranding is the highly anticipated open-world action game from Hideo Kojima, and his first project since his departure from Konami back in 2015. Since Gamescom last month, Kojima Productions and Sony have been ramping up the reveals for the game; like that Death Stranding can be played in first-person, despite revealed footage being exclusively in third-person.
In that vein, PlayStation of Japan will be doing a series of live shows during TGS, and the shows on September 12th and 14th will feature long stretches of Death Stranding content. There are 50 minutes scheduled for the show on the 12th, and 30 more minutes on the 14th. Hideo Kojima will also be present at every show, including an extra one on September 15th featuring the Japanese voice cast. The English version of the game touts a star-studded line-up including Norman Reedus as Sam Bridges and Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff.
In Death Stranding, players will be tasked with linking together a vast world full of isolated communities. The hope of this mission, as assigned by the character Amelie, is that by reconnecting with one another, the people in the game’s world will rediscover something they’ve collectively lost because of cataclysmic events and the ever-present BTs - the mysterious entities that players can detect via their Bridge Babies.
The fact that Sony is affording so much time to Death Stranding could mean several things. There seems to be a lot more questions than answers surrounding the game in regards to what it’s really all about and how it will play. A big reveal like this could be to help assuage fears of questioning gamers and turn those sitting on the fence into sales.
Sony also lacks any other true powerhouse exclusive leading into the holiday season, as The Last of Us II release date remains unknown. While Concrete Genie, the remake of MediEvil, and the remaster of Yakuza 4 are nice feathers in Sony’s cap, they aren’t true headline grabbers. Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is a tentpole release that could cement a strong quarter for Sony, especially as the Nintendo Switch further corners the nostalgia market, and Microsoft seemingly rests on their laurels and just rides Gears 5 for all its worth.
Death Stranding is a PlayStation 4-exclusive set to release on November 8th, 2019.
Source: Kojima Productions