It's been just under two years since Hideo Kojima's new PlayStation 4-exclusive open-world action game, Death Stranding, was announced at E3 2016. After months of waiting and bizarre trailers, it finally has an official release date — November 8 — along with another fittingly strange trailer.
According to a new statement about the game's themes by Kojima himself, Polygon reports that the goal of the game is to "reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society." The statement claims that the game is crafted in a way that all of its elements — story, gameplay, and all — are "bound together by the theme of the 'Strand' or connection."
Players take on the role of Sam Porter Bridges, who is modeled after actor Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame. Sam is a courier that explores the game's dark open world that is gripped by a mysterious phenomenon known as the Death Stranding. As players traverse the world, they reconnect society at its divisions by bonding with players around the world via "Strands."
"Through your experience playing the game, I hope you'll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others."
"Sam is unlike any other hero you may have seen in games before. A typical hero is usually some sort of elite or someone with a military background. Sam is not. He is a working man of sorts -- a hands-on professional. Someone with a skillset akin to a blue-collar worker."