The latest Death Stranding trailer popped up over the weekend courtesy of Tokyo Game Show and, while it introduces a new character and a massive beast, it still doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. And this being a Hideo Kojima game, we certainly wouldn't have it any other way. A heck of a lot happens in just over a minute of footage and, rather than provide a single answer concerning the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive, we're instead left with about a dozen fresh questions.
This latest Death Stranding video begins with a masked stranger taunting Adam, Norman Reedus' deliveryman protagonist. We see Adam is transporting a live body at this point in the game, with the mystery man stating he had a special surprise planned for the duo. He removes his masks and states he's going to "tweak the rules a bit," using his mask to seemingly draw power from a pool of ghostly oil monsters to summon a hulking beast that looks like it was ripped straight out of Bloodborne.
My general reaction after watching the clip was, "Well, yes, of course, this makes sense," by which I mean it makes absolutely no sense at all. The good news is that this is typically how Kojima promotes his games. He's a big fan of teasing out information and making fans work for their answers. While I'm sure the game will be a lot more coherent when it finally launches, I'm kind of digging all of the conspiracy theories that pop up alongside every fresh trailer, leaving the audience to try and piece things together before all is revealed.
Showing off this monster (it sounds like the masked man calls it "Biggie" at one point) is also potentially Kojima's way of reassuring fans that Death Stranding isn't going to be a walking simulator. The last major trailer for E3 2018 was meant to show off the game world and graphics, which meant we got to watch Adam walking around a lot. There's a brief moment where we saw him whip out an actual gun, but no "action" has been shown off so far. With a monster like the one seen above showing up, it seems unlikely Adam is going to be able to simply walk his way out of a confrontation.
And in case that voice from the stranger wearing the golden skull mask sounds familiar, that's because it's none other than Troy Baker. Kojima is a loyal dude. When Silent Hills got canceled and he set out to make his own studio, he brought project collaborators Norman Reedus and Guillermo del Toro along for the ride. In Metal Gear Solid V, the part of Revolver Ocelot was played by Baker, who Kojima is a known fan of. So it makes sense that he would once again tap the actor to play a smooth-talking baddie with a bit of swagger.
It looks like that will have to tide fans over for the time being. Here's hoping we get to see at least a bit more from Death Stranding before The Game Awards in December, which seems to be the next major event likely to play host to a new trailer.