Sony’s E3 presentation has brought us another look at Death Stranding—and our first glimpse of actual gameplay.
The new footage has a few cinematic moments, which confirm a few fan theories. Characters caught out in the Timefall, the rain, are accelerated farther through time, as we saw in one past trailer with a character rapidly aging. We also got our first confirmation of the game’s female leads, Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner.
However, the new trailer also gave us our first look at what the gameplay will be like. Norman Reedus’s character, Sam, “makes deliveries,” and the gameplay shows characters carting various packages—including one that looks suspiciously like a dead body—up hills, across massive chasms in the earth, and through water. At one point, he crosses a large chasm with a teetering stack of the packages.
The game isn’t all walking around, though. The invisible creatures and strange, hovering, rope-dangling entities we saw in previous trailers are still around, and Reedus’s character must stealthily avoid them. Given Kojima’s history with the Metal Gear series, some element of stealth was probably a given, but it’s interesting to see how it plays out in an entirely new world. It seems that different people in the world have different levels of being able to see the creatures, and the whirring, blinking, baby-powered device carried on Reedus’s back helps enhance that sight.
There’s a lot to catch in the trippy, eight-minute long trailer, so be sure to take a look.
Death Stranding is currently in development for PlayStation 4.
Source: PlayStation E3 conference