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Death Stranding Gets a Solid Release Date

Today, Hideo Kojima released the latest trailer for Death Stranding, which contained all the information we’ve been so eager for! The biggest news is that the game is officially coming to the PlayStation 4 on November 8, 2019. In addition, we finally got a decent look at what the game is all about and how it plays.

From the trailers, it appears that the game has a huge emphasis on stealth. The trailer featured Sam, the main character played by The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, stealthily maneuvering around political groups, extremists, and terrorist groups. Of course, there are other forms of combat, like hand-to-hand and weaponry, but there’s no doubt that stealth will play a prominent role in this game.

We also got closer looks at the cast of characters we’ll be following. While the list is more extensive than I’ll be going over here, it’s all in the nine-minute trailer that I suggest you watch. Just to name a few, we know some of the major roles: Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Léa Seydoux as Fragile, and the legendary Troy Baker as Higgs. Again, make sure to check out the amazing trailer posted by PlayStation on YouTube for the extensive list. Kojima put together quite the cast.

What’s more interesting is that we can finally make some true, logical sense of what we can expect from the story. As far as what we know goes, America is in shambles (as is humanity). What remains is being attacked by a supernatural force known as BTs when things go dark and the UCA, a “militant separatist group” of “Homo Demons”, throughout the day. BTs can only be sensed by channeling Bridge Babies, if you will, to let off bursts of light, or radiation, or something to that effect reveal their positions. Sam is tasked with bringing together the country in order to defend against the UCA and the BTs.

For this part, I have my own little hypothesis when it comes to the story. In the trailer, Sam clearly isn’t keen on the idea of uniting the country. He says, “Rebuilding America isn’t gonna get rid of the BTs. Long as they’re still around, there’s no escaping it.” However, he’s clearly going after this goal anyway. Why? I see two possibilities: one, the key is this character we’re introduced to at the very end, Amelie; two, Sam has an obligation to the government that he must fulfill. My thoughts on the latter stem from the shot in the trailer where we see Sam with handcuffs attached to his right hand and detached from his left. My guess is that he’s been in some sort of major trouble with the government, whatever state it’s in during the events of the game. He is then tasked with one of the most dangerous jobs, transporting cargo and fighting a war against villains of the world, in order to gain his freedom. Think of it as community service if community service was being a firefighter or a soldier.

Anyway, the last bit there is simply a bit of speculation. Once again, the game releases November 8 of this year and is sure to knock critics into next century.

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