Hideo Kojima has revealed a slew of new details on his upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action game, Death Stranding.
Speaking at the recent RTX Sydney event in Australia recently (via the PlayStation Blog), Kojima-san was asked to elaborate more on the Death Stranding gameplay features, to which he offered a few new tantalizing tidbits as well as reiterating the title will feature an open-world for players to explore.
“I can’t really speak on that right now but in a word, it’s an action game – an open world game, with a lot of freedom. You have a lot of freedom of choice to do what you want to do and you can get in vehicles and so on. If you are a fighter, there’s plenty of opportunity for that. If you’re not that type of player, there are other ways to play this game. I can’t really say much more, but it’s an open-world, action game that’s very intuitive to play. Once you get into the world and start to explore more, we’re hoping there’s something there you’ve never seen before.”
Elsewhere, the Metal Gear maestro also spoke about his decision to partner with Guerrilla Games for using the Amsterdam studio’s Decima engine in Death Stranding.
“I visited many studios all around the world, meeting many great people. Guerrilla Games in Amsterdam: their technology was just a league ahead of everywhere else. Even though they have an open world they are able to render very rich scenes with many objects. As you know their upcoming game Horizon Zero Dawn, which is coming out in February, has an artistic sensibility, particularly with regards to the use of color, whereas we’re looking for a very photo-realistic sensibility.”
Speaking about the online mode, Kojima said: “If you want to play the game standalone, without an online component, that’s perfectly fine."
Death Stranding release date
Kojima announced his latest project at Sony’s E3 2016 press conference last June to a rapturous reception. While a release date has yet to be set in stone, the Kojima Productions boss said that we can expect Death Stranding to launch at some point before 2019. The game will star Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkleson and also feature Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro in some capacity, though is unlikely to feature multiple endings.