Hideo Kojima’s highly-anticipated first independent video game Death Stranding has no doubt been on the wishlists of many eager gamers when it releases on November 8, 2019.
While we’re no doubt confident about his compelling, if not at times bizarre, storytelling and gameplay, we’re also excited about the “asynchronous” online multiplayer aspect to Death Stranding.
What asynchronous in this context means is that you’d be playing your session of Death Stranding, while being able to give and receive help from other players “without ever crossing paths”, much akin to receiving aid from someone from another dimension. Sound familiar?
In a recent interview with French reporter Julien Chièze (and translated by u/xxxjohnnygxxx), Kojima-san likened the multiplayer facet of Death Stranding to — quite interestingly — a certain wall-crawler that captured our hearts last year.
Sam [Bridges] is just by himself and must survive. The more you play, the more you will notice that he is not the only one in this situation… it’s like Miles Morales in [Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse].Hideo Kojima on how multiplayer might work in Death Stranding.
Miles thinks he is the only Spider-Man, then different characters from different alternate dimensions also become Spider-Man and meet up, and all of a sudden Miles is not alone! Of course, Death Stranding will be different, but it’s a clue towards what the game is about.
Of course, Kojima-san being Kojima-san, the eccentric video game director was coy about how exactly this, and the flat-out confusing “Action Game, Strand Game (Social Strand system)” that he recently went at length about on Twitter, would manifest in the game.
We’re only about two months till Death Stranding‘s release, and yet more questions than answers about the game’s ins and outs remain. But that doesn’t stop us from being excited about its November 8 release on PS4 (and possibly other platforms at a later time).
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.