What is Death Stranding About?

What is Death Stranding about? We try our best to explain.
What is Death Stranding about? We try our best to explain.

What is Death Stranding about? Hideo Kojima's latest is, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, a riddle wrapped in an enigma. Kojima and his studio, Kojima Productions, have been stingy with the gameplay but generous with the mystery. Here's what we know about Death Stranding so far.

What is Death Stranding About?

Death Stranding will be an action game set in an open world environment, though Kojima claims the action descriptor will prove inadequate once players get their hands on the game. It will star Norman Reedus as the player character, Mads Mikkelsen as an antagonist, and Léa Seydoux, Lindsay Wagner, Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins and Emily O'Brien in various other roles. Guillermo del Toro has also contributed his likeness to the game, though he won't act.

Kojima and Sony have revealed virtually nothing about the game's story, but thematic material can be surmised from trailers that have been released so far. The game will focus on death, rebirth, and the passage of time, but anything beyond that is up to interpretation.

Kojima released a new teaser for the game Sunday featuring the phrase "Create the rope." This likely refers to a framework Kojima lifts from a Kōbō Abe short story to describe the game. In Abe's story, humans first invent sticks as a tool to keep bad things away, then second invent rope to secure important things.

Kojima has said the game will attempt to have players communicate using the game equivalent of ropes, as opposed to the physical violence — or sticks — of traditional action games.

Death Stranding is yet to receive a release date.

Photo courtesy of Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment