Death Stranding, better known as the game that never would have existed if Konami hadn’t canceled Silent Hills, is a mystery locked in an enigma, wrapped in a secret. We have no idea what the game is about or how it will play, but rumor has it we might finally receive news about the game during The Game Awards 2017.
Yesterday, Geoff Keighley posted a tweet that Hideo Kojima will present an award at The Game Awards 2017. Moreover, according to Keighley, famed director Guillermo del Toro will join Kojima on stage. This news is all the Internet needed to come to the conclusion the two will give the gaming audience a long-awaited taste of Death Stranding at the awards ceremony. All we need now is Norman Reedus, the third member of the Silent Hills/Death Stranding trifecta, to join del Toro and Kojima at the awards and this rumor is all but confirmed. Oh, wait, Keighly recently confirmed Reedus will also present an award. Fingers crossed, people.
Aside from two cryptic teaser trailers, we know next to nothing about Death Stranding. Sure, the videos are dripping with symbolism that give the vaguest hints to the plot (par for the course when it comes to Kojima) but we don’t know anything about gameplay mechanics. Kotaku’s summary of “action game with an open world” could mean literally anything, from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain stealth action to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt RPG action. Heck, maybe gamers will be able to hijack tanks and planes Grand Theft Auto style and blow up buildings Just Cause style, perhaps with some Pikmin-esque minion controlling mechanics. We just don’t know, which is why the rumor is so tantalizing.
So far, Kojima, del Toro, and Reedus have been silent on this rumor, so we cannot confirm nor deny anything. Maybe they will present another trailer or maybe a release date. For all we know nothing will come of this, and Kojima, del Toro, and Reedus were selected to artificially increase viewership in the hopes of witnessing a live Death Stranding announcement. We will have to wait until December 7th, but my fingers are crossed for some Death Stranding gameplay footage.