When Hideo Kojima announced Death Stranding at E3 2016 as his first post-Konami project, the images of a naked Norman Reedus cradling a tiny baby left us with more questions than answers. A new trailer for the game at The Game Awards Thursday night showed us a lot more of the world Kojima is planning, but probably increased the number of questions we have about what's going on.</span>
The extremely dark (in both tone and color palette) eight-minute trailer begins and ends with a bit of poetic cosmology: "Once there was an explosion, a bang that gave birth to time and space. Once there was an explosion, a bang that sent a planet spinning in that space. Once there was an explosion, a bang that gave rise to life as we know it… And then came the next explosion. An explosion that will be our last."
That heady introduction matches quite loosely with the straight up sci-fi horror movie scenes on display in the trailer, with characters in what looks like protective radiation suits being menaced by an invisible assailant that leaves human-like handprints in the muck around them. Norman Reedus' character somehow avoids the fate of his terrified compatriots, who are either mummified and disintegrated horribly by the invisible beast or kill themselves to escape whatever fate it has planned for them.
As their corpses rise into the air along with so much surrounding rubble, a giant statue swallows up a bit of detritus and explodes in a blinding light, leaving Reedus floating naked in a pool of water. He arises to a giant crater surrounded by five floating figures, leaving everyone in the audience utterly perplexed.
Oh, and we haven't even gotten to the light-up robotic grabber-hands that were constantly expanding and contracting in the chaos like broken toys. And that's not to mention the baby in the portable amniotic sac, which also apparently lives insides Reedus' throat and gives a thumbs up at one point. Yes, really.
A straight explanation of the scene really doesn't do it justice, so just go watch the craziness for yourself and try to figure out what's going on. When you're done, see the gallery below for some much easier-to-interpret trailers for other new games and content announced at The Game Awards. Keep an eye out for:
- Link on a motorcycle
- Literally a single image from From Software's new game.
- Two post-apocalyptic games set in the snow.
- The two games that don't involve killing things in any way, shape, or form.
Full trailers for all the announced games can be found on The Game Awards YouTube page.