Ever since video game auteur Hideo Kojima pulled the curtains back on his new game, Death Stranding, we’ve all been wondering one thing: what in the name of all things holy is it about?
With the release of a new trailer at 2019 Gamescom, we’re no closer to getting a clear answer from Kojima but we did get a glimpse of an intriguing new Death Stranding mechanic: the ability to have the protagonist Sam (Norman Reedus) piss on anything.
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As for how peeing fits into the grand scheme of Death Stranding, Kojima says it can be used as a weapon. Somehow.
So in summary, Kojima has weaponised piss. That’s a sentence I didn’t think I would ever write.
While the trailer doesn’t show how deadly Sam’s pee is, it is apparently potent enough to make mushrooms grow abnormally fast. Maybe something magical will happen when you pee on enemies. Or maybe you’ll just piss them off.
Kojima has put some seriously weird stuff in his previous games but he’s just taking the piss now with Death Stranding.
Besides showing off Sam’s ability to piss on anything and make mushrooms grow, the new footage also featured some looks at the gorgeous environments, some ladder climbing and the introduction of a new character, Mama, who is played by Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘s Margaret Qualley.
Now despite everything we’ve seen so far from Death Stranding – and there’s been a decent amount of footage – we still don’t have a clear idea what Kojima’s latest game entails.
It’s an open world game set in a weird future that focuses on the idea of connection, death, and the “stands” between those two concepts; babies are also super important for some reason; and a heap of Kojima’s celebrity mates are in it because why the hell not at this point.
But look, let’s just give it all the game of the year accolades right now solely for this peeing mechanic because the developers have put an insane amount of thought into it, like having Sam turn away from the camera any time you try to get a glimpse of his junk (you would’ve tried to look, don’t lie) and having a meter telling you how much pee Sam has left in his bladder.
If they put that much effort into getting the pissing mechanics right in Death Stranding, you can only imagine all other crazy stuff Hideo Kojima has in store for us when the game drops on November 8.