Death Stranding Could Be Played As A Shooter, But Hideo Kojima Says That Isn’t The Ideal Way
Sony’s E3 2018 presentation brought us the best look yet at the upcoming Death Stranding. In fact, the footage shown was full of in-engine gameplay, something fans have been begging for in recent months. Now that we have far more questions than before the trailer dropped, gamers still aren’t able to pinpoint what the title is actually about. A genre can’t even be determined.
However, Hideo Kojima himself clued fans in on how the game can be played. While sitting down with Geoff Keighley during E3 2018, the director was joined by his translator and Lindsay Wagner, who made her debut as the game’s heroine in the most recent video. The interview began with Keighley asking how the inclusion of Wagner came about. She stated that she was contacted by Kojima, and after a deep dive into what the game is about, she was on board.
Naturally, they didn’t give fans the same treatment, even withholding Wagner’s character’s name. Kojima, however, did state that she plays a “very important” role in Death Stranding, and one that “only Lindsey would be able to do.” After speaking a bit on how the two came together, Keighley asked about the combat in the game. To this, Kojima stated the title can be played as a shooter. However, he does not recommend taking this route.
When playing Death Stranding, the goal will not be to shoot and destroy every enemy you come across. Instead, players will need “to reconnect the world.” Kojima does acknowledge that it’s possible to “power your way through it,” but there are several different approaches that players can take. This, of course, falls in line with what Mads Mikkelsen said last month about global collaboration. When asked about this, Kojima laughed it off, saying “that was Mads speaking on his own.”
Lindsay Wagner might not have been on board with the game had it solely focused on shoot, kill, shoot, kill. In regards to this, she said, “If it was just a typical good guy, bad guy, I win because I’m more violent and I’m stronger, I was not interested. But I found him (Kojima) to be a very deep, very deep person, and beautiful team and the intention for the piece I thought was exquisite.”
In addition to all of this, Kojima did confirm that players will assume the role of Norman Reedus’ character, as he is the only playable character. As for what players will be doing when they step into his shoes, well, that will remain a mystery until Hideo Kojima says we can know more. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as we attempt to crack the code of Death Stranding, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.