The Tokyo Games Show kicks off this week, running from September 12 to 15 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia has already outlined its plans for the show, showcasing numerous first- and third-party games across its show floor booth, a nearby mega-theatre, and a series of live-streamed stage events. Similarly to E3, Sony won’t be hosting a press conference at TGS. And while the much-anticipated Ghost of Tsushima will be at the show, there won’t be any new footage.
The same can’t be said of Death Stranding, however. Developer Kojima Productions will host two extensive gameplay presentations at TGS for its next game. The first is set to take place on September 12 and will be roughly 50 minutes long, introducing the overall gameplay flow of Death Stranding. The second occurs the following day and will run for 30 minutes. There’s also a third presentation on September 15 featuring the game’s Japanese voice actors, but very little gameplay is likely to be shown and this is intended as more of a fan appreciation day. Game director Hideo Kojima will be present at all three.
There’s no word on whether any of this footage will see the light of day and make it onto the internet. Death Stranding is slated to appear on Sony’s live stage show, so we’re likely to see a truncated version of what’s shown during these lengthy gameplay presentations at TGS’ mega-theatre. Either way, we might find out a little bit more about what exactly Death Stranding is. Or maybe not? “Even now, I don’t understand the game,” Kojima said in a recent interview with the Financial Times. “Its world view, gameplay, they are all new. My mission is to create a genre that does not currently exist, and which takes everyone by surprise. There is, naturally, a risk in that.”
What we do know is that Death Stranding will have a very easy mode for movie fans, and that it’s set to release on November 8 for PlayStation 4.
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