Death Stranding continues to be one of the most mysterious projects in the current video game landscape. Hideo Kojima has been continually vague about the game. He did, however, say that it is inspired by a short story from a Japanese playwright named Kobo Abe, “In this short story, Abe states that the first tool mankind created is a stick. He states that the stick is the first tool that mankind created to put distance between himself and the 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 continued to explain, “Most of your tools in action games are sticks. 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.”
This metaphor shows its colors in the most recent trailer for Death Stranding which stars Guillermo del Toro and Mads Mikkelsen. The latter of the two is just as confused by the game as we, the general public, are. After Kojima’s explanation of the Death Stranding plot, Mikkelsen said, “He was trying to tell me the full plot of the game, and it’s so elaborate that, I mean, I got lost, but I really wanted to learn more. It’s a big honor to be there.”
Did you feel as lost as Mads when you saw that most recent, elaborate trailer? Better keep an eye out here as we’ll continue to fill you in on all we know about Death Stranding.