Hideo Kojima Says Death Stranding "Worst-Case Scenario" World, References Trump And Brexit

"It's like 1984," says Death Stranding director.

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Death Stranding confronts dark subject matter, but it appears to be an optimistic game about building connections with other people. Game director Hideo Kojima says that darkness was why he insisted on building in a purely positive game mechanic, and also plays out in how characters relate to you in the story.

Kojima told Game Informer that the "Like" system, which allows players to give each other kudos, was meant to be a purely positive mechanic without any competition or currency attached. You can't ever have too much of it, and there's no option to dislike or thumbs-down someone. He said this was a conscious choice to help counteract how bleak the world was otherwise.

"Because the world setting is the dark and lowest world you can think of," he said. "Your solitude, you're alone--the storyline itself is a worst-case scenario. So why don't I put in a system where it's really more positive than negative?"

He also talked more about the story of the game and building connections between cities. Some people you encounter will be unwilling to help build connections because they don't want to repeat past mistakes. Kojima suggests that world events similar to the election of President Trump and Brexit may exist in the past of this world, making NPCs uneasy with building connections to other cities.

"For Bridges' sake, you're connecting from east to west and they want you to join the UCA--the United Cities of America. When you connect, you can use UCA services, but at the same time, they're retrieving your information 24 hours a day. It's like 1984. Some people may not like that, and say 'I'm not going to connect to UCA, because we're going to repeat the same thing that we did.' Like Trump, or the EU, these things. It's a metaphor. However, if you get really close, they start to say, 'Okay, I'll connect.'"

Death Stranding is coming to PS4 on November 8. We recently saw an extended gameplay demo with much more detail on how Sam relaxes in between his courier missions.

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Yeah whatever. All i know is this game better not have a frustrating online requirement.

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Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti

Death Stranding is Do.

Kojiima's sequel will be Re.

Kojima's masterpiece will land with Mi.

Fa is the victory lap.

So - cause I can and it will make money and you'll probably enjoy it enough anyway.

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So trump and Brexit are going to bring forth dimensional rifts?

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Oh boy, another oversimplified discussion of Trump and Brexit by a celebrity, so bravely stunning...

Meanwhile, I'm here like "is it fun to play?"...

So far, my wallet is not ready...

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@dinosaur_teeth: Except he didn’t attempt to have a discussion or give an explanation, he just implied he had an opinion. Are we censoring opinions now?

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@Cikatriz_ESP: Any opinion can be the seed of a discussion, and he did discuss his opinion in the context of what he is trying to do with this game (albeit briefly)...

Who said anything about censoring opinions?

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Wow I went from not wanting to play this game to....really not wanting to play this game.

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everyone have their own privacy and run their own way, i guess.

reuniting everyone is a dream come true, when humans are near extinction.

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@nintendians: for all we know, ww3 is about to happen. Did you hear about iran blowing up the oil rig or whatever in saudi arabia? Trump is going to back those guys. He already said it. I dont have a problem with it, i just hope he knows what he is doing.

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@gr4h4m833zy: uh... i don't keep up with news, but i guess so then.

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If that is the case I hope the game helps convince people about the huge mistake that was made and think about all the people being hurt right now.

Anyone but Trump 2020!

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@talladegabrad: The only reason why Obama's election polarized race relations was because racist were mad that they had to call a person of color their president and leader. Did you hear all of the racist things and see all of the racist signs the right made? Remember Barack the Magic Negro song from the Rush Limbaugh show? I think you have your history backwards.

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@rasterror: For the sake of historical accuracy:

LA Times March 19, 2007. Headline: Obama the "Magic Negro"

". . . But it's clear that Obama is also running for an equally unimportant office, in the province of popular imagination - the "Magic Negro."

The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. "He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist," reads the description on Wikipedia. . . .

He's there to assuage white "guilt" (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest."

The next week, Limbaugh came up with the parody song, which was sung in an Al Sharpton-like voice and was meant to portray Sharpton's dismay with being replaced by Obama as America's "Magic Negro". The song was making fun of Sharpton, not Obama.

Hope that clears up some ignorance on the subject.

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@talladegabrad: Holy shit, this is some of the dumbest shit I have ever read. Like, there's not a single part of this that's not totally wrong, stupid, and ignorant, well.... actually except for that last line, "then you have a lot more to learn in life". Well said, so let's see if republicans and people like you learn how to pick up yourselves up from being total degenerates, just rung of society incredibly stupid morons. I'm sure you guys will never understand or truly accept this but "you have a lot more to learn in life". Have fun destroying your own lives there bud.

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@kgsg-19-2: Editorial critique:

"Holy S***: - Look at me cuss momma! I'm a big boy!

". . . totally wrong, stupid and ignorant . . ." Very tolerant! 'I don't agree with your opinion so it's wrong and you're stupid and ignorant"

". . . republicans and people like you . . . being total degenerates, just rung of society incredibly stupid morons." - Another example of, "I don't agree with you so you are degenerate, stupid and a moron." Kid doesn't realize he stereotypes half of America with his tirade.

"have fun destroying your own lives there bud." Thank you. I've had fun completing a 30-year career, owning my own home and two cars and recently celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary with my wife. I've already learned more things in live than you could imagine!

No politician or their politics is capable of destroying my life . . . bud! And they're not going to destroy yours, either.

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@talladegabrad: haha..... Dude, reply is STILL full of absolute stupidity. Not even the first time I've read the "lubruls err tollerunt" claim. You know what I "tolerate"? People who actually intelligent human beings w/ a good moral compass, people who I don't tolerate are total evil morons who are destroying EVERYONE'S world. Do you tolerate murderers, thieves, serial killers, bad people who do bad to society? No? Oh wait! lol Neither do you! You're now not just an ignorant, idiot, you're a hypocrite. Please know the "I don't agree w/ your opinion so you're wrong". Yea.... NO IT FUCKING DOESN'T. You guys making that statement is like you saying 2+2=5 then I say, "No, it's 4", then you come back w/ the "You're opinion is diff. than mine so you must wrong!!". Like, no, no it doesn't 2+2=4 and that's fact. You're now still just as dumb for not knowing, you're now even more stupid for not realizing how incredibly wrong you are. And yes it is fact, do you not read the news, or do you only watch news like fox news?

"No politician or their politics is capable of destroying my life . . . bud! And they're not going to destroy yours, either."

Yes, they are, AND THEY'RE DOING IT RIGHT NOW. This is what I'm talking about when I say fact. Dude, the republican has OPENLY allowed foreign nations into our elections, isn't doing jack shit about election security, shutting down many polling places (that, unsurprisingly, some of these places have targeted as having large amount of black people), gerrymandering, open corruption w/ some banana republican type moves, allowed people who decide on laws to be barely investigated in illegal matters, joked about cutting social security, destroying entire people's livelihoods and businesses from their tariffs while causing a market crash and depression in doing so, doing NOTHING about mass shootings, your president has openly said neo-nazis "are very fine people", destroying our good and needed relationships w/ our allies; taking advice from our enemy RUSSIA instead of trusting our OUR OWN intelligence agencies (yes, btw, he ACTUALLY did this, no joke), and oh yea..... destroying EVERYONE'S earth by not just doing nothing about climate change, but speeding it UP!

"No politician or their politics is capable of destroying my life . . . bud! And they're not going to destroy yours, either.

Again..... YES, THEY, FUCKING, CAN. And they're doing it right now!!! Like fucking hell man. They can't do it you say, while doing it right in front of your goddamn face. Like wake up dude, read the news, whatever. When America, it's Democracy, and the world is getting pretty damn bad you're gonna be standing there "Wow, guess I should've done something! Whoops!" The good world you live in right now is because of at least competent administrations, but trump and this administration is on a WHOLE NEW level of stupidity, evil, and wrong doing.

"Thank you. I've had fun completing a 30-year career, owning my own home and two cars and recently celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary with my wife. I've already learned more things in live than you could imagine!"

So that makes you a good and intelligent person? Yea, no. You've clearly learned and done absolutely nothing which you've displayed openly in your comment. I've probably done more than you ever have and I don't even have a wife, as it's clear I've learned waaaaay more than you have.

Dude, seriously, wake up. You're responsible in your complacency. If you think half of America being stupid, ignorant, evil, and mentally ill is stereotyping, guess what, they are and you're one of those people and we need to do something about that. If you care about the US, it's Democracy, it's people, and the world and I'm sure you do too, but you really need to start stepping up and paying attention to what's going on. Yea, "tirade", sorry for caring about you, me, the country, and the world. Governments CAN and DO impact us, we just need to hold them to better standards, like the huge support behind policies Sanders and Warren want to do that does nothing but help people, but we need to hold them accountable to that. Do you want yourself, your wife, and others to continue living in your good world? Then please, vote the Democrats who will want to keep you happy instead of your party that wants to take that away.

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@kgsg-19-2: TDS in it's purest form!

I'm very happy with my life. Find Christ and you can be happy too, no matter who your politicians are!

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Because a typical Kojima game isn’t polarizing enough, LOL!

These tid-bits of information are reeeeeaaaaalllyy peaking my curiosity now as to just what the heck this game is going to be about.

I don’t think any developer in recent memory has set themselves up for what could quite possibly be a huge fall but then again Kojima is known for taking risks when others aren’t. Let’s just hope he lands it.

-UNPRECEDENTED EXPECTATIONS NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: i approve as well. Just hope its not an online only game.

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@gr4h4m833zy: ^THIS!!!!

-WOULD BE A DISASTER NINJA APPROVED-

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