Death Stranding’s new trailer is as delightfully surreal and full of babies as we all expected


Hideo Kojima and his best friend forever Norman Reedus presented a new trailer for Death Stranding at The Game Awards tonight, and it was a gooey macabre delight. We still don’t know when Kojima Productions will release the game, but we do know there will be babies in it.

This whole time, I secretly believed that eventually we’d all just find out that the game is about Kojima, Reedus, and the great Dane Mads Mikkelsen going on a road trip. But not so: we learned in this trailer that there are invisible monsters that can detect humans by breathing.

And if they catch you, it’s a fate apparently worst than death — a fact demonstrated by Reedus’s red shirt friend floating away while desperately trying to stab himself into oblivion before getting eaten (absorbed? assimilated? hugged?) by some giant Attack on Titan-looking creature standing in the distance.

But I’ll back up. The trailer starts with Reedus lying on the ground wearing clothes some reason. An accident has occurred and three other people are with him — one turns into a wiggly mummified kind of thing after getting sprayed by acid (or gold leaf?) in the face. Another’s pinned under a car and the fourth is trying to rescue him.

An invisible monster arrives and everyone holds their breath. Then Reedus’s friend realizes that they’re completely surrounded by tall shadowy figures. Everything starts floating, but not before Reedus’s friend tosses him a baby in a jar. Suddenly, everyone’s underwater, and Reedus opens his mouth and there’s a baby in his throat.

And then we all woke up! What a weird dream, right?

Those were the broad strokes of the trailer. I can’t wait for the next one.

And I still think that road trip thing is happening, by the way.

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