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Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is the sci-fi childcare nightmare we never knew we needed

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Dec 8, 2017

The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus is trading in the crossbow and motorcycle of Daryl Dixon for ... a baby in a portable incubator attached to his stomach, and a desk lamp/Dinklebot hybrid? 

If that sounds confusing, that only proves that you are still sane. Reedus will be appearing in Death Stranding, the latest game from the legendary Hideo Kojima (the Metal Gear series). Debuting at the Game Awards, the trailer is the longest preview they have ever shown — coming in at over 8 minutes. It's almost a good thing that they didn't show more, because there's only so much the human mind can take. Give the trailer a watch, and we'll discuss it below. Be warned, once inside, this truck is definitely going to start to move. 

 

If Kojima and company were looking to get people intrigued by the game, well, mission accomplished. This almost plays like an 8-minute sci-fi film, with so much oddity packed in that it could cover a planet with its excess of dark space-whimsy. When you factor in that the game will also star Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One, Casino Royale, the televison version of Hannibal) and none other than Guillermo del Toro (currently being celebrated for his latest film The Shape of Water), you officially have our attention. You read that right, by the way — del Toro is appearing as an actor in this. That alone has us excited. 

Everything about this game is mysterious at the moment, but based on the trailer we know that it will involve some evil black oil slicks straight off the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1, as well as the aforementioned desk lamp/Dinklebot hybrids. And then there's the baby, which ... we don't understand. Part of us doesn't want to understand. Part of us does. It's confusing. 

Understand it or not, by the time the giant appears in the distance and Reedus' character saddles up with his little sci-fi Baby Bjorn, this game has our money. 

Death Stranding will be available on the PlayStation 4, but there is currently no release date set. 

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