What Happens When You Die in Death Stranding?
Game director Hideo Kojima revealed that there will be no Game Over in Death Stranding. This was confirmed in Famitsu’s interview with Mr. Kojima published on October 9th, 2019.
Death Stranding takes players across a vast open world filled with all kinds of danger. The main character Sam can die by getting shot, falling off a cliff, or being eaten by the amorphous beached things or BTs. Most action games will take the player back to checkpoints or even to the very beginning of a mission. Respawning is an all-too-familiar element in most titles.
In Death Stranding, no sort of continue screen will greet players upon death. When Sam kicks the bucket, he will be transported to a mysterious underwater dimension called “the knot.” The player must wander the knot as a soul to find their body and return to the real world. As confirmed by Mr. Kojima, the beach where a naked Sam was shown in Death Stranding’s announcement trailer is an area beyond the knot.
Mr. Kojima also reiterated the consequences of getting eaten by BTs during the interview. As was discussed in a previous article, an event called a voidout is triggered when a catcher BT devours the player. This reduces the surrounding area to a large crater, wiping out everything inside. The terrain will also change, making it hard or impossible to traverse.
Over time, however, the affected ground will be smoothed out by the rain and return to its original state. It was also confirmed that such environmental changes will only affect the player’s own world, even when online.
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