Status: Under Development
Kojima took to the stage in such a grand fashion that I immediately expected something great. With the announcement of Death Stranding I’m sure that Konami are hurting. The trailer was incredibly cryptic, but the concepts of life, death and connection are what came through to me the strongest as a result of the baby, umbilical cord and dead animals all around the character that Norman Reedus portrays. In a followup interview, Kojima confirmed these suspicions, stating that:
“Animals are connected with each other, people are connected to each other, so many things are connected,”
He has hinted that a short story by Kobo Abe is one of the best ways to understand one of the central themes of Death Stranding:
“In this short story, Abe states that the first tool mankind created is a stick,” Kojima tells IGN. “He states that the stick is the first tool that mankind created to put distance between himself and bad things — to protect himself. He states that the second tool mankind created is a rope. A rope is a tool used to secure things that are important to you.
Most of your tools in action games are sticks. You punch or you shoot or you kick. The communication is always through these ‘sticks.’ In Death Stranding I want people to be connected not through sticks, but through what would be the equivalent of ropes… But of course you will be able to use the sticks too.”
Take a moment to admire Norman, go on, you know you want to!