“Alone we have no future.” That’s the overarching message in the new trailer (above) for Hideo Kojima’s enigmatic Death Stranding. Kojima also revealed the PlayStation 4 game’s release date (November 8, 2019) and new gameplay details. There are unexpected features to the game, like “asynchronous online gameplay”, wherein you can help out or cooperate with other players — or even “walk in the footsteps of fellow couriers” — without encroaching on your own game. You also don’t necessarily die in the game. Instead, you get stuck in an “upside-down realm” and have to find your way back.
Killing enemies is also “almost never the solution”. Connecting with others — rather than mindlessly killing — is clearly a huge element of the game, and Kojima also emphasized this in a tweet, saying it’s an “action game with the concept of connection (strand). I call it Social Strand System”
And speaking of coming together, people on Twitter came together to make jokes, almost unanimously circling around two joke topics in particular.
First, people noted that the characters’ names were a little bit obvious, with Norman Reedus as “Sam Porter Bridges”, Mads Mikkelsen as “Cliff”, Léa Seydoux as “Fragile”, Margaret Qualley as “Mama”, Guillermo del Toro as “Deadman”, Nicolas Winding Refn as “Heartman”, Troy Baker as “Higgs”, Lindsay Wagner as “Amelie”, and Tommie Earl Jenkins as “Die-Hardman” (yes, really).
Calling Mads Mikkelsen “Daddy” brings us to the second joke everybody was making. Mikkelsen says he “only understood some of” the game despite playing a main character, but Kojima is definitely still a fan:
And some people used this as an excuse to talk about Mads Mikkelsen a lot, which is fair.
Other jokes were made about Death Stranding (aka “Ropes and Ladders”). There were references to those aforementioned ropes and ladders, with Kojima himself retweeting screencaps of old Donkey Kong games with ropes and ladders. There was even a joke referencing the cancelled Silent Hills game Reedus, Kojima, and Guillermo del Toro almost made before they collaborated on Death Stranding.
Kojima has done it again.