Death Stranding The Start Of A “Brand New Genre,” Says Hideo Kojima
Death Stranding is, for all intents and purposes, a very weird game. It’s got Norman Reedus traversing desolate landscapes, it’s got mysterious jar babies, and it likely has plenty of other strange elements that Hideo Kojima hasn’t revealed to us yet. Ever since its reveal a few years back, people have been wondering what Death Stranding actually is, what genre the game tumbles into. According to Kojima-San, it doesn’t really fit anywhere, and as such it the start of a new genre of its own.
In a recent post on Twitter, Kojima-San revealed that despite some previously revealed stealth-related scenes, Death Stranding is by no means a stealth game. He went on to say that the game isn’t a shooter, either, despite recent footage and the fact that there will be usable guns for combat. Despite the various elements that suggest the title falls into one genre or another, according to Kojima-San the game’s heavy focus on connection, or “strand,” puts it squarely into a brand new genre.
As I’m getting similar questions so I shall re-post. DS is not a stealth game. Could move subjectively but not a FPS shooting game either. By incorporating with the concept of connection(strand), it’s totally brand new genre called action game/strand game(social strand system). pic.twitter.com/1KaQUVH9zL
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 5, 2019
Based on Kojima-San’s post, the theme of connection is such an integral part of Death Stranding that it supersedes many of the other elements that are on display within the title. This concept will also extend to the game’s multiplayer, though not much is still known other than the fact that players won’t physically encounter each other; assisting others is done by sharing safehouses and sending supplies.
With E3 2019 coming up fast, here’s hoping we get a glimpse of the multiplayer elements within Death Stranding a significant amount of time prior to the game’s release date.
Death Stranding launches on November 8 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
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