Best: New 'Death Stranding' Reveal Gets Weird
You know things are weird when a trailer for a game from the creator of Metal Gear Solid – a game series not known for going light on the batshit crazy – that features a baby being carried in a futuristic camping flask by Guillermo Del Toro – is only marginally stranger than what happens on stage beforehand. After calling out Hideo Kojima’s former employer, Konami last year for preventing the just-fired game designer from attending the Game Awards, at this year’s show Geoff Keighley delivered a weird mix of best man’s speech and eulogy to a seated, slightly perplexed-looking Kojima before presenting him, tearfully, with the Industry Icon award. In that moment, Geoff was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
What followed was the trailer for Death Stranding, courtesy of the newly-independent Kojima Productions. Last year, the reveal trailer was about Norman Reedus standing on a beach, naked, with a baby in his arms. This year, we got more dead crabs, some tanks, zombie-like soldiers, Guillermo Del Toro hiding under a bridge and the introduction of what we’re assuming is the principal villain, played by the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen – looking like he just lost a very tough fight with a very large tube of mascara. As ever with Kojima games, the more you see, the more questions you have. Kojima has already admitted this one is addressing environmental destruction and the oil-like black goo, zombies and preservation (albeit in a glass bottle) of what could be the last uncontaminated human baby all points to precisely that.