Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding hit the just-concluded Tokyo Game Show with an all-new-trailer over the weekend that lives up to the forthcoming game’s growing reputation for intriguing, eerie weirdness, while bringing back a voice-acting icon.
What the new clip may lack in clarity it more than makes up for with its chilling atmosphere. Veteran gaming voice actor Troy Baker plays a mysterious cloaked figure, whose golden mask has the power to summon from the earth a very Kojima-esque, pulsating evil entity, which takes the form of a lion to menace the game’s protagonist (played by The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus).
As enigmatic as its quirky director, Death Stranding marks the first game Kojima’s developed since parting ways with Konami, where he created and developed the Metal Gear series — one of gaming’s most long-lived and beloved franchises. Konami has soldiered on in Kojima’s absence, releasing the third-person Metal Gear Survive earlier this year to mixed reviews.
While we still are as in the dark as ever on what kind of story Kojima will tell with Death Stranding, at least we know it’s netted some big-name talent. In addition to Reedus and Baker, Guillermo del Toro is aboard to play a character in the game, as are Lindsay Wagner, Lea Seydoux, and Emily O’Brien. Kojima still hasn’t revealed a release date, so stay tuned.
The clip, which gives players a peek at “Roads,” the first of five planned episodes for the sequel, shows off the close bond between Sean, 16, and his 9-year-old brother Daniel as they attempt to dodge the police while making a cross-country flight from a tragedy in Seattle to reach the safety of their home in Mexico.
The game also reportedly will feature some ties to The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, a poignantly told graphic adventure Square Enix released back in June. Developed to land on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Life Is Strange 2 hits gaming stores both virtual and real starting Sept. 27.
With the release of FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice approaching next spring, the developer of the notoriously unforgiving Souls series is opening up more and more of the new game’s fighting mechanics and playstyle for fans who are eager to see just how difficult the studio’s next big thing will be.
PlayStation Underground spent more than 10 minutes hands on with the game to collect a trove of gameplay footage shared via the official PlayStation channel on YouTube, and it looks as though Sekiro is aiming for near-superheroic levels of parkour badassery and katana-wielding skills.
That’s not to say it’ll make things any easier, though, as our warrior's battle with a "corrupted monk" boss shows. Set in 16th-century feudal Japan, Sekiro will pare back the Souls series’ RPG elements in favor of direct, moment-by-moment fighting action, while following a narrative that should still feel familiar to anyone who’s made it all the way through Bloodborne or any of the Souls games.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is scheduled to slice onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC starting March 22, 2019.
Finally, a short but sweet new slice of gameplay footage has landed for the upcoming Call of Cthulhu survival horror game, giving us a deeper first-person perspective look at protagonist Edward Pierce’s Lovecraftian nightmare.
A PI who’s tasked with solving the mysterious murder of a family who perished in a deliberately set fire, Pierce unearths supernatural terrors as he explores 1920s Massachusetts, with no terror greater than the awakening of the greatest of the Old Ones, Lovecraft’s titular eldritch sea monster.
Developed by France’s Cyanide Studio and published by Focus Home Interactive, Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is set for a season-appropriate Oct. 30 release.