Death Stranding release date confirmed for 2019 in new gameplay trailer

Sony has released an extensive gameplay trailer for Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, featuring a wealth of famous faces, creepy babies, and an official release date.

The highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive will release on 8 November 2019, indicating other major first-party Sony releases, like The Last Of Us Part II, won’t be arriving until next year.

While we’ve mostly had cryptic teasers up until now, this latest nine-minute trailer gives us a closer glimpse at Death Stranding’s mechanics – including using various equipment to navigate the terrain, escaping and fighting militant terrorist groups, and venturing into a purgatory-style parallel universe.

There’s also a dramatic reveal of the full cast list, including Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Guillermo Del Toro, Nicolas Winding Refn, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Troy Baker, and Lindsay Wagner.

While it’s still unclear how, and if, all these pieces will fit together, it certainly looks like a suitably bold production Kojima is notorious for. 

Similarly absurd is the collector’s edition for the title, which includes a life-size ‘bridge baby’ pod aka the creepy pickled baby we’ve seen all over the trailers. 

It also comes with a bridge cargo case, custom steelbook, lumens keychain, in-game cosmetic items, PSN avatars, and the game’s soundtrack. 

Of course, all of this isn’t cheap. The collector’s edition costs $200 (£158).

Norman Reedus, who plays Sam, previously spoke to Metro GameCentral about how it’s shaping up to be something like we’ve never seen before. 

‘The concept is so far out in the future,’ Norman said. ‘Instead of eliminating everyone around you, it’s bringing everyone together. It’s a very positive video game, but scary and depressing at the same time. 

‘It’s kind of a new movie. I’ve never seen anything like what we’re doing.’

Death Stranding releases on PlayStation 4 on 8 November 2019.  

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