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Death Stranding may be an action game but it's not just about killing: Legendary game creator Hideo Kojima

The director said the game has a new kind of depth gamers have never seen before

Santanu Basu 19 June 2018, 4:19 PM
The main character Sam is portrayed by American actor Norman Reedus, famous for his role in The Walking Dead

The main character Sam is portrayed by American actor Norman Reedus, famous for his role in The Walking Dead Image: PlayStation

The reveal trailer of Death Stranding at Sony's E3 2018 conference turned a few heads, and rightly so. Not only is the game a brainchild of legendary video game creator Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear fame but the game's primary protagonist Sam is modelled after and played by American actor Norman Reedus — a household name for his portrayal of Daryl Dixon in the hit TV series The Walking Dead. What's more, Mads Mikkelsen from the Hannibal TV series and Dr Strange movie steps into the shoes of the main antagonist of the game. But there seems to be more to the action game than just star power.

Kojima, in a recent interview with the PlayStation blog, said that Death Stranding may be an action-shooter game but innovative gameplay mechanics will also let users clear the game or even win online without even shooting a single bullet.

"You can think of Death Stranding as an action game. Many people play games in the shooting genre and I want to make a game that is very intuitive for them so they can get into the experience very easily, but when they play it for a bit they will realise there is a certain new type of depth to it, something that they might not have seen before," Kojima was quoted as saying by the official PlayStation blog.

According to Kojima, the main USP of Death Stranding's gameplay is freedom, letting you play it the way you want to. "You have a lot of freedom of choice to do what you want to do and you can get in vehicles and so on. If you are a fighter, there’s plenty of opportunity for that. If you’re not that type of player, there are other ways to play this game. I can’t really say much more, but it’s an open-world, action game that’s very intuitive to play. Once you get into the world and start to explore more, we’re hoping there’s something there you’ve never seen before," Kojima said.

Death Stranding will be a PS4 exclusive game and is currently under development at Kojima's independent studio Kojima Productions. The release date is yet to be announced.

This will be Kojima's first involvement with a game after moving out of gaming giants Konami Digital Entertainment, where he served as vice-president.

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