With the release of Death Stranding impending, its famous director Hideo Kojima has let information trickle out piece by piece. In this case, that’s “tweet by tweet.”
Kojima has shared two interesting pieces of information that’s gotten fans talking. First, more directly related to actual gameplay, there will be a “Very Easy” game mode. Kojima has also confirmed there will be about 80 minutes of gameplay at the Tokyo Game Show, divided into two panels.
Regarding the Very Easy mode, Kojima’s personal assistant, Ayako Terashima, shared that she played the game this way. “Finished DS test play,” she tweeted. “It took a month as I was playing while doing daily work since 8/6. As being a beginner I picked Very Easy Mode. According to my boss, this mode is for ppl who usually don’t play game,movie fans or RPG fans. Normal or Hard Mode is for action game fans.” Afterwards, Kojima himself chimed in per quote tweet.
“Normally there’s only Easy Mode, but we added Very Easy Mode for movie fans since we have real actors like Norman, Mads, Lea starred in,” Kojima explained via his official English account. “Even [Hideotube co-star Kenji] Yano-san who never completed the 1st stage of PAC-MAN, was able to complete the game on Very Easy Mode ????????????????”
Normally there’s only Easy Mode, but we added Very Easy Mode for movie fans since we have real actors like Norman, Mads, Lea starred in. Even Yano-san who never completed the 1st stage of PAC-MAN, was able to complete the game on Very Easy Mode ???????????????? https://t.co/fMZmuZltZw
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 6, 2019
Basically, Kojima wants the experience to be approachable to anyone willing to pick up the game. Especially with such high-profile actors as Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Troy Baker, and Léa Seydoux, Kojima likely wants to maintain the intrigue’s momentum. And while some fans mocked the decision to have a far easier difficulty mode, it appears there will also be higher-difficulty modes available as well available to those looking for a challenge. We have no word on whether difficulty will unlock unique endings or rewards yet.
With what we’ve seen so far of Death Stranding’s gameplay, it might be helpful for gaming newcomers. Kojima Productions already showed a pretty intense boss battle and some more relatively mundane, but still intensive, player-versus-soldier combat. Like any action game, this can be tricky for those who haven’t been playing the genre for a while. So, even though we don’t know what Very Easy will actually do, hopefully it’ll make these battles less frustrating for anyone who just wants to power through the story.
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Our exposure to the aforementioned gameplay has been limited. Thankfully, we’ll be getting a bigger chunk very, very soon. Kojima Productions officially announced that there will be two massive showings of Death Stranding footage at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. The first on the 12th will have about 50 minutes of footage, and the next on the 14th will have about 30. These panels are scheduled for 70 and 50 minutes, respectively. With about 20 minutes of extra time each, there will likely be some discussion as well.
At the #DeathStranding Live Stages, for Sept 12th we will have about 50 mins of content, and for Sept 14th about 30 mins. For Sept 15th, members of the Japanese VO cast will be joining us, and our dear Hideo Kojima will be there too for all the stages! https://t.co/pVb97rZDJz
— Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) September 6, 2019
Fans attending the show will be able to hear from the Japanese voice actors as well during a “Voice Actors Session” as well on the 15th. More importantly to some, Kojima take part in all of the panels during the TGS.
We don’t know the specifics of the gameplay to be shown yet, of course. But with it taking place over two unique panels, it’s likely see two different focuses of discussion. Honestly, though, I’d like to imagine that given it’s Kojima we’re talking about, he probably wanted to do a two-hour-straight panel session. Unfortunately, as much as that would have been exciting for Death Stranding fans, I sincerely doubt a massive gaming conference would permit that.
It’s only natural that we’re hearing so much all of a sudden, as Death Stranding’s Playstation 4-exclusive release is coming in just over two months. And while November 8 can’t come soon enough, hopefully Kojima will give us enough to chew on until we get our hands on the game.