Sony has detailed how Death Stranding multiplayer works. Players can expect to work with one another and provide help, as the development team at Kojima Productions decides not to offer classic player versus player (PvP) gameplay.
On the Death Stranding listing on the UK version of the PlayStation website, there is a header that says "Assist other players" which explains how the game's multiplayer works. The multiplayer description says that players can "Help other travelers without ever crossing paths via asynchronous online gameplay." Players can send each other supplies, share safe houses and walk in the footsteps of other players as they try to "reunite civilization."
The game's multiplayer sounds a bit like Dark Souls, as players in that game could leave messages for each other. It also shares some ideas with the FOBs or Forward Operating Bases in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Kojima had confirmed that his new game does offer something like FOBs, and now fans have some idea as to how that will work. However, with FOBs players could attack the bases of other players but Death Stranding sounds like completely co-operative multiplayer gameplay, with no way to attack or sabotage other players.
The decision not to offer PvP isn't incredibly surprising. Kojima has said that Death Stranding is a game about connections, while one of the game's actors, Mads Mikkelsen, said that player collaboration will be important in the game. There are many games where you destroy things, from other structures to other players, and it seems that Death Stranding wants to be a bit different. Kojima has also said that the game has an anti-war and anti-nuclear weapons theme and not being able to attack other players will be part of that too.
It's unclear how often Death Stranding players may come across these stashes of supplies, safe houses, or when they will see other player's footsteps. The Death Stranding gameplay trailer shown this week had scenes where player character Sam uses ladders, and bridges to explore.
Kojima and the development team at Kojima Productions haven't shared an image of the whole, open-world map but the game does look quite large. A map of some size could mean that players never get supplies from other players, but, if Kojima wants people to work together, he and the development team may have thought of a workaround. So while fans now know how multiplayer will work, there are still some details to be clarified.
Death Stranding will be released on November 8, 2019 on PS4.