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'Death Stranding' Trailer Shows Off Gameplay for First Time

Legendary video game creator Hideo Kojima offered the latest tease of his long-in-development upcoming game Wednesday and, finally, a release date: Nov. 8.

Legendary video game creator Hideo Kojima offered the latest tease of his long-in-development upcoming game, Death Stranding, on Wednesday and, finally, a release date: Nov. 8. The game will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Kojima's latest offering, the first developed at his independent studio Kojima Productions after he split with Japanese game publisher Konami in 2015, has been shrouded in mystery since it was first revealed at E3 in 2016. Death Stranding boasts an all-star cast led by Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Troy Baker, Guillermo Del Toro and Lindsay Wagner. 

Information about the game's plot details have been incredibly sparse, but during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, Kojima told the crowd that Death Stranding is influenced in some ways by real-world happenings.

"There's so many things happening in the real world, America and Europe, everything is actually connected by Internet. I'm kind of putting that metaphor in the game," he said. 

The new trailer showed off gameplay for the first time, with Reedus’ character hiding in tall grasses, running from enemies in yellow biohazard suits with electric weapons and showcasing combat and vehicle traversal.

The new trailer also gave new info about the game’s supernatural enemies: revealed to be called “BT’s.” The ghostly figures appear as apparitions and smoke creatures that attack with little warning aside from disturbing handprints that foretell their arrival.

Few plot details were revealed, but each of the main characters was shown in the trailer and certain details such as the setting (Reedus’ character is heard saying, “Rebuilding America won’t help get rid of BT’s”) and bits of battlefields from the past are shown.

The trailer ends with Mikkelsen's character, Cliff, leading a cadre of what appear to be undead soldiers through a field of oil before setting it ablaze with a flick of his cigarette.

In a PlayStation blog post on Wednesday morning, Kojima provided a bit more insight on the upcoming game. "People have created 'Walls' and become accustomed to living in isolation," he wrote. “Death Stranding is a completely new type of action game, where the goal of the player is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society. It is created so that all elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of the 'Strand' or connection."

He continued to say that as Reedus' character, Sam, players "will attempt to bridge the divides in society, and in doing create new bonds or 'Strands' with other players around the globe. Through your experience playing the game, I hope you’ll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others."

Watch the full trailer above.

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