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A Beginner’s Guide To The World Of Death Stranding

A Beginner’s Guide To The World Of Death Stranding

Death Stranding isn’t that weird of a game, but it does love to toss out lore and terminology without explaining much. Some answers are hidden away in codex entries, but others are left for players to sort out. If that seems daunting, don’t worry. Here’s a breakdown of Death Stranding’s world and the most important facts to know.

What Is Going On In This Game?

At some point in the past, a...

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Nov 11, 2019 at 17:30. 22 comments

In Japan, Fans Question Famitsu-Related Cameos In Death Stranding

In Japan, Fans Question Famitsu-Related Cameos In Death Stranding
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Online in Japan, fans are wondering why the mascot character and the official representative for the country’s biggest game magazine Famitsu appear in Death Stranding.

Famitsu recently gave the game a...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Nov 09, 2019 at 01:30. 22 comments

PSA: Get To Death Stranding Chapter 3 As Quickly As Possible

PSA: Get To Death Stranding Chapter 3 As Quickly As Possible

I’ve already laid out some Death Stranding tips alongside my coworker Tim Rogers. Travel light; build structures in smart places; have an extra pair of shoes. One tip stands above them all, though: Do not get sidetracked at the start of the game. Death Stranding drops players into a large world to complete tons of deliveries, difficult affairs where you trek through ghost-infested territory...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Nov 08, 2019 at 02:00. 3 comments

Watch Us Break Down The First Act Of Death Stranding

Watch Us Break Down The First Act Of Death Stranding

Death Stranding is upon us! Kojima Productions’ bizarre and super-massive exploration game brims with symbolism, clumsy stumbling, and gnarly ghosts. My pal Tim Rogers and I sat down to play the first chapter and talk about movies and all sorts of other stuff as we helped Sam Porter Bridges on his trek through the wasteland.

Full disclosure: Tim and I recorded this maybe two weeks ago , packed...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Oct 24, 2019. 21 comments

Hideo Kojima Asked Conan O'Brien If He Wanted To Be In Death Stranding [Update]

Hideo Kojima Asked Conan O'Brien If He Wanted To Be In Death Stranding [Update]

Move over Geoff Keighley. When visiting Kojima Productions, Conan O’Brien had his face scanned for a Death Stranding cameo.

After going through the game creator’s toy collection, watching a Death Stranding trailer, and wondering what was wrong with Hideo Kojima, Conan had his face scanned as he made a variety of typical expressions.

The result is that the late night host is one of the in-game...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 23, 2019. 20 comments

Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese

Hideo Kojima's Controversial Tweets Are Different In Japanese

Over the past few years, Hideo Kojima’s Twitter accounts have been tweeting in Japanese, his native language, and English, his second language.

While it’s unclear whether or not Kojima is doing the English tweeting himself, he’s not a native speaker. There are mistakes in his English tweets, and for a non-native speaker, that happens. No biggie! The effort is appreciated. There’s nothing wrong...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Aug 20, 2019. 8 comments

Hideo Kojima's BFF Geoff Keighley Is Actually In Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima's BFF Geoff Keighley Is Actually In Death Stranding

New York’s hottest club is Death Stranding. It has everything: bridges, fjords, invisible babies, and Geoff Keighley.

While he’s actually voiced by Matthew Mercer, longtime Kojima stan Geoff Keighley has a cameo as a “prepper” in the upcoming game Death Stranding, which comes out November 8th on PlayStation 4. Kojima said that Keighley is easily found in the game, and that there will be other...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Sep 24, 2018. 23 comments

New Death Stranding Trailer Stars A Very Golden Troy Baker

New Death Stranding Trailer Stars A Very Golden Troy Baker

Kojima Productions closed out this year’s Tokyo Game Show with a Death Stranding presentation, complete with a short new trailer starring Troy Baker and his very expensive mask.

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 22, 2018. 12 comments

Kojima Productions Has Things It Wants You To Buy

Kojima Productions Has Things It Wants You To Buy

While Kojima Productions doesn’t have a game demo booth at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, it does have a merchandise booth.

You can buy Kojima Productions branded t-shirts, key chains, logo figures and more. The studio sure is good at churning out merch.

Looks like there is plenty of people who want to buy it.

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Feb 28, 2018. 12 comments

There Might Be A Secret Kojima Productions Message In Metal Gear Survive

There Might Be A Secret Kojima Productions Message In <i>Metal Gear Survive</i>

Things didn’t exactly end on a good note between Hideo Kojima and Konami. That doesn’t mean Konami is without those who still care about the legacy of Metal Gear creator’s old studio.

While at Konami, Hideo Kojima headed up a development arm known as Kojima Productions. Since leaving Konami, he’s founded his own company which shares the old studio’s name.

Our First Look Inside Kojima...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Feb 07, 2018. 19 comments

After Years of Player Warfare, Metal Gear Solid V Secret Ending Triggered Prematurely

After Years of Player Warfare, <i>Metal Gear Solid V</i> Secret Ending Triggered Prematurely

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has asecret ending that plays only if all players dismantle their nuclear weapons. It requires players to disarm all nukes in the game, a nearly impossible task thanks to hackers and hoarders. Last week, the end suddenly triggered even though countless nuclear weapons still exist within the game. And now the game’s publisher is acknowledging the error.

The...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jan 18, 2018. 19 comments

Hideo Kojima's Top Ten Movies of 2015 Might Surprise You

Hideo Kojima's Top Ten Movies of 2015 Might Surprise You

Here is a belated best-of list from a game designer who claims that 70 percent of his body is made of movies.

Today, Kojima started up a YouTube show called HideoTube, and in this first episode, he lists his favorite films released in Japan last year. It’s a good list, covering an array of films and showing the game creator’s love of cinema.

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“No matter how hard...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Nov 14, 2017. 21 comments

Kojima Productions, Ladies And Gentlemen

Kojima Productions, Ladies And Gentlemen

That whale came from the moon. Before any Kojima Productions video game starts, the studio logo movie must play. This is that studio logo movie.

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 30, 2017. 18 comments

Hideo Kojima Was So Worried About E3 Leaks

Hideo Kojima Was So Worried About E3 Leaks

Wouldn’t you be, too?

Late last year, Hideo Kojima set up shop once again and announced he was working on a new title. Only this past March, he worked on the Death Stranding teaser starring Norman Reedus. But he was worried info would spill out.

In the most recent HideoTube on YouTube, Kojima talked about E3 leaks and how he didn’t even tell Low Roar, the band whose track “I’ll Keep Coming”...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 29, 2017. 14 comments

Metal Gear Singer's Other Gig? The Voice Of The Bullet Train

<i>Metal Gear</i> Singer's Other Gig? The Voice Of The Bullet Train

This is Donna Burke. You may not know her name, but if you’ve played the recent Metal Gear Solid games, you know her voice. If you’ve ridden the bullet train, you know it too.

The Australian packs a one-two-three punch of being a talented voice actress and singer, as well as writing her own lyrics. Burke also has voice credits in games like Silent Hill 3 and Bloody Roar 4 as well as soundtrack...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 23, 2017. 14 comments

Kotaku Shop Contest: Kojima's Body: The Winners

<i>Kotaku</i> Shop Contest: Kojima's Body: The Winners

The helmeted skull logo of Kojima Productions may have an official body now, but the unofficial ones created by our readers for last week’s ‘Shop Contest are much, much cooler.

The official look revealed by Hideo Kojima earlier this week is nice and all, if you’re into the puffy, Doctor Who Silence in the Library sort of look.

Still, I prefer what our readers did both before and after they...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 23, 2017. 22 comments

Konami Needs Lots of Money for the Next Metal Gear Solid [Update]

Konami Needs Lots of Money for the Next <i>Metal Gear Solid </i>[Update]

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has proven to be a hit, selling five million copies worldwide. According to today’s Nikkei, the Tokyo-based fitness company has began internal talks about the next Metal Gear title.

11/4/15 - 2am Update: Konami has confirmed to Kotaku the Konami LA studio has been closed. Full statement below.

The print edition of Nikkei (via 2ch) reports that Konami is...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 17, 2017. 21 comments

Report: Konami Is Treating Its Staff Like Prisoners

Report: Konami Is Treating Its Staff Like Prisoners

According to a report on Nikkei, the corporate culture at Konami—home of Metal Gear, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer—hasn’t only soured over the past few years, but has become almost terrifyingly Orwellian.

Nikkei’s report alleges that the culture at the corporation’s video game division, famous for its console games, worsened in around 2010 when a mobile title called Dragon Collection...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Sep 08, 2017. 17 comments

In 2015, Konami Had A Very Strange Year

In 2015, Konami Had A Very Strange Year

Throughout 2015, just when you thought things couldn’t get any more bizarre for Konami, they did. Let’s take a look back at the weirdness that was Konami in 2015.

I’ve been working at Kotaku for a long, long time. I’ve never seen a company have a year like Konami just had. While publishing one of this year’s biggest and most lauded titles, the Tokyo-based fitness company has also been on the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Sep 06, 2017. 23 comments

Kojima's PT Eradicated From PSN; Can't Even Be Re-Downloaded

Kojima's <i>PT </i>Eradicated From PSN; Can't Even Be Re-Downloaded

The mess at Konami keeps getting messier , and weirder, with the discovery today that PT —a playable teaser for an upcoming Silent Hill game that has since been cancelled —has been completely removed from Sony’s PSN servers, even for people who had downloaded it while it was still available.

Normally, when a game, demo, beta, whatever is removed from a digital shopfront like the PSN, it...

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