What’s in the box?
Someone outside of Kojima Productions finally knows what Death Stranding actually is. Sadly, it’s not us.
Hideo Kojima has shown off the first two hours of gameplay to developers at Horizon: Zero Dawn studio, Guerrilla Games.
However, don’t take that to mean it’s ready for the rest of us yet – Kojima Productions head of marketing and communications, Aki Saito makes clear that the game isn’t yet complete:
Showed the first 2 hours of gameplay to our Guerrilla brothers. Yes, Hideo was demonstrating it! (The game is not fully completed…yet) The picture show’s the friendship between us! Keeps our mutual secrets here! pic.twitter.com/UejLW2oAeb
— 齊藤昭義(Aki Saito) (@akisaitokojipro) January 16, 2019
Guerrilla’s Decima Engine is what powers Death Stranding, so it’s no real surprise that the Dutch devs would be among the first to see Kojima’s work.
It does leave the rest of us still guessing. Since the game’s announcement, we’ve heard about a design philosophy featuring ropes and sticks, and seen hints of gameplay in a trailer. But we still don’t know what the moment-to-moment play will involve, or even if the game will arrive this year.
It’ll be interesting to see how and when we learn more, given that publisher Sony is skipping E3 this year.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK Deputy Editor, and he keeps forgetting that’s his new title and having to rewrite these bits. Follow him on Twitter.