The adventures of “Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus” are going to bizarre and macabre places in the new trailer for Death Stranding.
Death Stranding is….something. From Hideo Kojima and the reborn Kojima Productions team, Death Stranding is an upcoming project in development exclusively for the PS4. In typical Kojima fashion, early trailers and details have been incredibly enigmatic; over a full year after its reveal at E3 2016 and no one possesses a clear idea of what the title’s story or gameplay entails. What fans do know however, is that Hideo Kojima and company have employed the talents of Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints, Mimic), Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange, 007: Casino Royale) and Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pacific Rim, Hellboy) for select roles within Death Stranding‘s perplexing world.
This weekend, Geoff Keighley’s 2017 edition of The Game Awards offered an extended look at Death Stranding– or what YouTube comments and Reddit users have since dubbed “Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus”. The eight-minute trailer is the title’s most enigmatic look yet, if not anomalous and unsettling:
Sam (Norman Reedus) and what appears to be a research crew are put in a disadvantageous position when one of their crewmen is pinned underneath a flipped buggy. The relatively hapless team is ambushed by spectres shown only through handprint tracks and brief ghostly apparitions; eldritch horrors begin swarming overhead while an impossibly large abomination pulls gravity into the cavity of its “head”. Amidst the chaos of the attack, the fetus from the two previous trailers is given a new role; it’s only speculation at the moment, but fans across the internet believe the fetuses carried by each member of the crew may act as a clone of its carrier, suggested by the broken incubation capsule, and the rapid aging-process of the fetus being submerged in a puddle of black fluid. Even more confusion is added when viewers shown what could be an alternate mirror-dimension submerged in water. One of the more grotesque moments of the Death Stranding trailer occurs when viewers are dragged down the handprint-laden innards of Sam, only to have their fantastic voyage abruptly halted by another fetus- inside Sam.
Death Stranding is currently in development exclusively for the PS4. A release window has not been scheduled.