The Tokyo Game Show just happened, and we got to see a new trailer for Kojima’s latest project, Death Stranding. While morons are going to say that they don’t understand (seriously, I saw a trailer where someone outright said they watched the trailer three times and still didn’t understand it. What was so fucking complicated?!) what this is, I couldn’t be more stoked. In this age where everyone wants to have all their questions spoon-fed to them with all the creative mystery of a ham sandwich, Kojima is keeping all his cards close. And praise that man for it! The mystery has my anticipation so fucking high.
Sony has been on such a massive winning streak lately with their exclusives. This year has had three, and all three were massively successful. And good. God of War was an engaging narrative and a beautiful story of a father and son. Detroit: Become Human was David Cage doing his thing, and while it isn’t for everyone, for those who can appreciate his craft, it was pretty awesome. Finally, we got Marvel’s Spider-Man. Easily the best game in its genre, and with three pieces of DLC that the devs have promised are not just busy work but substantive story expansions, it isn’t done yet.
Last year, we had two major exclusives from Sony, both of which were so good that I had the hardest time ever picking which was my favorite. My favorite and second-favorite games of last year, they were – Persona 5 and Horizon: Zero Dawn. It seems that Sony is really banking on great exclusives now, and hot shit! There is some of the best quality material I have seen in YEARS coming from them. And more is coming. This year at E3, we got to see three major gameplay demos from three of their biggest upcoming projects – Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us: Part 2, and Kojima’s latest project, Death Stranding.
I have no reason to believe that the first two listed are not going to be amazing. This tactic of showing demos specifically to get people to see what the quality they can expect is brilliant, in my book. Sure, fast-paced trailers with big, bombastic set-pieces are fun and all, but that’s not my jam. I like a trailer that feels like I am diving in and seeing what I am getting for my money. Already I can hear people typing, asking why I am taking Kojima’s shtick of giving very little substantive info in his trailers. Well, that’s a different kind of charm.
Here’s the thing to know – anyone who knows videos games knows that Hideo Kojima is something of an insane perfectionist. If a game doesn’t come out to the exact quality he wants, he won’t release it. The only reason MGSV released half-finished was because of the fallout with Konami. So his continual teasing, making the urge for nerdgasm so strong just titillates me so much. And with the most recent trailer, there is no doubt in my mind – this game is going to be unbelievable! It will be a hallmark game that will define this latest console generation, along with the new direction Sony is taking. While Microsoft scrounges in the dirt for exclusives, and Nintendo keeps remaking the same games, over and over again with the fewest tertiary changes, Sony is giving massive budgets to developers who want to do amazing things. And it’s working! It’s paying massive dividends.
At the beginning of the year, God of War smashed sales records. Just recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man did as well. Perhaps gamers are figuring out that Sony’s new direction of amazing exclusives is churning out some of the best games in generations? A thought. Meanwhile, in the case of Death Stranding, I am certain beyond any doubt that this game is going to explode. Just explode. The new trailer shows so much. For starters, Troy Baker is back! Anything with him in it, at his A-game, I immediately know is going to be amazing. He is easily my favorite male voice actor right now. He can pretty-much do no wrong. But as the YouTuber YongYea figured out, Stefanie Joosten, of Quiet fame from MGSV is back as well! The cast for this game couldn’t possibly be anymore set. On name recognition alone, this game is going to sell. We have Norman Reedus, who will appeal to Boondock Saints fans, and The Walking Dead fans. We have Guillermo Del Toro who is only donating his likeness to the game, but that will appeal to fans of his films. We have Lea Seydoux, who will appeal to fans of French films. She’s a crazy talented actress. We have Mads Mikkelsen, who will appeal to Casino Royale fans. Lastly, we have Kojima himself as the creator, who will appeal to Metal Gear Solid fans. With this much weight behind it, this game is almost certain to set some sales records. It will premiere to massive numbers.
This couldn’t have me more excited. Knowing that Troy Baker is back, as a villain who has a kind of asshole charm to him, this game is bringing so much to the table. And the mysteries keep piling up. So, what is this weird fluidic substance, and it’s connection to the other world? How can certain people control it? What are these monsters that wander the landscape, some of whom can be seen, and other can’t? What is Mad Mikkelsen’s connection to it all? The panel said that he is the main villain of the story. All the questions I could ask for.
But the real beauty of it all is that the wait won’t be much longer! Kojima has said that there has been no delay in the game. Some time ago, he said that his game was going to be finished before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. At first I wondered if that was a reference to something I figured he might, but wrote that off. But at the end of the panel, he confirmed my suspicion. He said that the game is going to be finished to correlate with the date that the legendary anime film Akira was set. Know what that means? 2019 confirmed! I couldn’t be more excited. I can feel it, the next trailer is going to have a release date. This will be the one. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
Until next time, a quote,
“Well shit, I had a special surprise prepped and everything, but it looks to me like your hands are full. It’s no biggie. We can always tweak the rules a bit.” – The Man With the Golden Mask, Death Stranding