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Death Stranding blurs lines between games and movies

Words by Nathan Irvine

An A-list cast is set for this new PlayStation game.

Sony has unveiled what is likely to be its biggest project yet for PlayStation 4. Headed up by legendary games developer, Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding just might be the perfect swansong for the console before the mooted 2020 arrival of PS5.

You might not know the background of the people producing, but you’ll certainly recognise the cast that are involved. 

Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) all star in Death Stranding, complete with their real life faces digitally recreated to a tee. 

Check out the mind-bending trailer in all its glory…

WAIT, WHAT?

OK, if you haven’t been following the game since its announcement, and don’t really know who Hideo Kojima is (he made the Metal Gear series) you’re probably confused right now. Don’t worry, you’re in good company.

Kojima is a master of deep, multi-layered video games that are full of weird and wonderful features. This is no different.

The best we can surmise from the trailer is that it’s out on November 8, there are babies in jars and, well, that’s it.

Everything else seems so messed up (connections between the real world, Hell and some sort of purgatory?) that we wouldn’t be able to do it justice to work out the finer details. Life was so much simpler with Pac-man.

Character from Death Stranding standing on grassy verge and holding a case and mechanical umbrella.

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PlayStation The landscapes look good enough for a Saturday stroll.

Further reading

Got a spare few hours? Then jump into the Death Stranding sub-Reddit. There are some very interesting theories about how the game will work and play out.

One thing is always certain from a Hideo Kojima title – the production values will be off the chain and it will blow you away with new ideas and concepts. The fact that it has a Hollywood cast list is merely a bonus.

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