Hideo Kojima gives some insight into some of the mysterious clues in the Death Stranding trailer, while confirming that the trailer is not meant to be a dig at Konami.
Hideo Kojima recently revealed the trailer for his new game, Death Stranding, and was one of the most talked about topics at E3. The mysterious trailer shows that the game will star Norman Reedus, who was set to play the main character in Kojima’s ill-fated Silent Hills, but it has many fans questioning what exactly the game will be. Kojima has previously stated that the game isn’t a remake of P.T., the playable teaser for Silent Hills, but like P.T., the Death Stranding trailer is loaded with hints about the mystery at the center of the game.
The Death Stranding trailer opens with Reedus waking up on a beach, wearing nothing but dog tags, inscribed with an equation that relates to black holes, and a bracelet that is attached by an artificial umbilicus to a crying infant, as Reedus cradles the child, the shot pulls back to reveal a barren beach littered with the corpses of beached whales. Since its release, the Death Stranding trailer has been under intense examination by many people in an attempt to glean whatever clues can be found about the game’s story, and has lead to some interesting theories about the meaning of what is seen in the trailer.
Kojima has already made some very mysterious statements about Death Stranding, perhaps the most cryptic and enticing being that “the game has already begun.” But, in a recent interview, Kojima further fed the flames of fan’s curiosity by laying some of the theories to rest, while giving vague confirmation to others.
In the interview, Kojima revealed that the baby is not a clone of Reedus, and when asked about the dog tag/black hole theory he stated, “What I will say is, I wanted people to find those…” Kojima went on to say in the interview that the trailer was not meant, as some speculated, to be a dig at Kojima’s former employer, Konami, who was set to be the publisher of Silent Hills.
When asked about the trailer being a metaphor for Kojima’s relationship with Konami, he stated, “I thought people might link it but there’s no connection in there.” Kojima also confirmed that the teaser trailer is “representative” of the final game. Kojima doesn’t have a firm release date for Death Stranding, stating that the game won’t be in full production until he decides which game engine to use, which Kojima insists will happen “very soon.”
How do these latest Death Stranding hints from Kojima change fan theories? And will Death Stranding be able to live up to this much hype?
Death Stranding will be a PS4 exclusive, and its release date has not been announced.