The Secret Team Assembling DEATH STRANDING
Earlier this evening, at the Game Awards 2016, Hideo Kojima released a new trailer for his highly anticipated new game Death Stranding. The 4 minute trailer was a bundle of mysteries, but one thing seems to be certain: this game is being produced by a horror-genre dream team!
Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima's newest game after last year's breakup with his long-time publisher Konami. Famously, Hideo Kojima had directed a Playstation 4 demo called P.T that took the world by storm. Released as if it were an indie horror game, PT had players loop through the same hallway endlessly, searching for a way out, while dodging the violent, blood splattered ghost of a woman named Lisa. At the end of the demo, the truth was revealed, PT was actually Silent Hills, a reboot/sequel to the long running horror franchise, now being reanimated by Hideo Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro, and Norman Reedus. Personally, I could not have been more excited for that game. Despite never having played a Silent Hill game before, I was absolutely absorbed, and along with my friends, I played through the demo at least a dozen times.
Of course, it all fell apart.
Konami dropped Hideo Kojima, and so PT was cancelled. The video game world exploded upon hearing the news, but over time, it became clear that Hideo Kojima would regroup and inevitably come back with something new, on his own. And boy has he.
In the first trailer for Death Stranding, it was revealed that despite losing access to the Silent Hills project, Hideo Kojima retained his friendship with The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, who appears to be the main character of the game. The first trailer was full of imagery of babies and umbilical cords, as well as some sort of black oil substance that perhaps caused aquatic life to die and wash ashore. Essentially, no one knew what they were looking at.
Admittedly, despite having watched tonight's new look at the game, I feel much the same, but boy am I excited. In the new trailer, we follow what appears to be Guillermo Del Toro (!!) as he protects a baby encased in a synthetic womb. From what is he protecting the baby? Why it's only Hannibal himself, Mads Mikkelsen! That's right, not only would it seem that Hideo Kojima has pulled Guillermo Del Toro away from Silent Hills, he's also got one of the most cerebral, deadly film actors of recently memory in the game as well.
We watch Mads Mikkelsen as he directs some sort of death squad, oil-like goo dripping out of his eyes, with the driving intensity of Disasterpeace's music behind him. I've been wondering what the composer of last year's It Follows was up to! I haven't confirmed that it is in fact a Disasterpeace score we're listening to, but boy it sure seems like it. It's a perfect fit.
Hideo Kojima. Norman Reedus. Guillermo Del Toro. Disasterpeace.
So far the only person missing that I hope is involved is the horror manga artist Junji Ito, who was confirmed to have been a contributor to Silent Hills. If you're not familiar with Junji Ito's work, I highly suggest you look it up on an empty stomach. I repeat: do not read Junji Ito's work after a big meal. Needless to say, he has conjured up some of the most disturbing, most unique horror imagery in recent memory.
When Silent Hills was cancelled, we all felt the blow, and while Death Stranding continues to confuse, I think it's safe to say that the team responsible for building the game couldn't be more perfect.