IGN recently held an interview with Hideo Kojima in which the director has revealed new details about its new game Death Stranding. According to Kojima, Death Stranding will be an action game that would be familiar to fans of the genre; however, it also brings something new.
“Metal Gear was an action game,” said the developer, “but it was an action game where you happened to be hiding. There was no genre for that back then, and now it’s classified as a stealth game. In that regard, Death Stranding will also be an action game, but I want to make something new, something different.”
“[At first] the players can easily understand,” said Kojima. “After that, like 2-3 hours into the game, they will start feeling like, ‘okay, this is something different, this is something new.’”
In addition, the developer offered some clues related to the subject of his next title. According to Kojima, “The idea of life and death being connected to each other” is evident in the trailer for Death Stranding. “Animals are connected with each other, people are connected to each other, so many things are connected,” he said.
Then the director alluded a work of Japanese writer Kobo Abe to illustrate his point: “In this little story, Abe says that the first tool mankind created is a stick,” said Kojima.
“He states that the stick is the first tool that mankind created to put distance between himself and bad things — to protect himself. He states that the second tool mankind created is a rope. A rope is a tool used to secure things that are important to you,” Kojima said.
“Most of your tools in action games are sticks,” Kojima continues. “You punch or you shoot or you kick. The communication is always through these ‘sticks.’ In [Death Stranding], I want people to be connected not through sticks, but through what would be the equivalent of ropes… But of course you will be able to use the sticks too.”
How all this things will be in the game? That remains to be seen. However, the developer mentioned that there are still “small things and small messages” hidden in the trailer of Death Stranding. What do you think?