It won't be long now before the forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Death Stranding is to be shown off during E3 2018, and fans of the enigmatic title understandably have their fingers crossed that Hideo Kojima will finally provide everyone with some direct gameplay. Speaking of which, a purported leak circulating online has now potentially given details involving certain multiplayer and combat elements that could show up in the game once it releases.
According to a leaker who took to 4chan’s video games board, /v/, the combat in Death Stranding is going to involve "tons of weapons, vehicles, gadgets and gear from multiple eras, from clubs to single shot muskets to energy swords." What's more is the rumored details infer that when the main character dies, that specific timeline will be "closed forever". However, there are going to be "significant things that encapsulate that Sam's story in that timeline" which travel with players to the ocean floor before one reemerges to "continue in a new timeline." As players start to "pollute the ocean" in this way, "it will cause sea-life to die and wash up on shore."
When it comes to Death Stranding's multiplayer aspects, the baby depicted within the game's various clips – such as the one seen in the trailer from The Game Awards 2017 – "is a single entity . . . [that] is causing the time distortions and dimensions crossing over, which is multiplayer." Apparently, once the entire community has made its way to the end of the title, "there will need to be a global decision made to kill the baby", which would effectively end multiplayer in Death Stranding "forever". Supposedly, allowing it to live would "continue the multiplayer experience."
The Death Stranding leak goes on to suggest that "PVP can happen at any point if you and another player accidentally cross timelines while time traveling", with this particular detail lending some credence to the black hole theory posited by fans shortly after the game was announced. Furthermore, the rumored information implies that specific actions undertaken by players in other games at "certain points in time" will cause for there to be "a butterfly effect in your game" that brings about positive or negative effects. This can occur when fans are actively playing, or when it's shut off.
Taking all of this into consideration, with the leak coming from an anonymous poster on 4chan, there's no way to verify whether or not these multiplayer and combat details are accurate and will represent Death Stranding in any way whatsoever. So, while all of the information definitely sounds plausible on the surface – especially when one takes into consideration all of the wild and outlandish materials shown thus far since its reveal trailer at E3 2016 – it's best to take the leak with an enormous grain of salt.
Death Stranding is currently in development for PlayStation 4.
Source: The Nerd Mag