Death Stranding Gets Even Weirder With a Ghost Baby Attached to Mama by a Spectral Umbilical Cord

Death Stranding Gets Even Weirder With a Ghost Baby Attached to Mama by a Spectral Umbilical Cord

There is no ceiling on this game anymore.

Death Stranding is only a few months away, and today we got a deeper look at some of the characters making up the star-studded cast of Kojima's next project. It was confusing, dense, and almost unsettling, so it seems like Death Stranding is looking to take the strange side of Kojima Productions and ratchet it up to 11.

Hideo Kojima also had some new story info centered around two of the cast's main characters, Mama and Deadman. The first was for Mama, played by Margaret Qualley. Mama has a baby who was born on the "other side," an other-realm referenced by several characters that seems like an afterlife. Koijma says Mama and her baby remain connected by some sort of ethereal umbilical cord, keeping her stuck in one location, and Mama also appears able to breast-feed her ghost baby? I've got nothing, y'all.

After this, Kojima premiered a second trailer that was meant to both introduce Guillermo del Toro's character Deadman, as well as expand on the concept of "bridge babies," or BB's as they're called in the trailer. These seem to be a way for Norman Reedus' character Sam to stay connected to the real world, but we got some confirmation of that in dialogue here.

So bridge babies are what allows Sam to detect BTs, or "Beached Things," the spooky astral ghosts that have appeared in several trailers so far. Each one is connected to a "still-mother," and has to be regularly updated to keep it alive and working. Yes, you're using the internet to patch babies for Norman Reedus, so he can see ghosts.

While we're coming away with more questions than answers yet again, at least it seems like some of the main elements of the world are clicking into place. Now if they weren't so oddly bizarre at times. We'll see how it ties together on November 8.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Untitled Goose Game Has a Real Shot at Getting an Official Lego Set

House House supports the idea, and you can too.

Hitman 2's Offering Another Chance to Take Out Sean Bean Later This Month

IO's best-known Elusive Target mission is back for another round.

Death Stranding, Control, and Outer Wilds Lead the Game Developers Choice Awards Nominees

Plus, a ninja and a goose round out the Game of the Year category.

Microsoft Has Told We Happy Few Dev to "Keep Making Really Weird" Games

There's no mandate from on-high to stick to a status quo.

Need help?

Metal Gear Survive Tips Guide - Crafting Guide, How to Unlock Weapons, How to Level Up

Here's all the info you need on how to master Metal Gear Survive, including how to level up, how to acquire better weapons, and all the base Metal Gear Survive tips you need to know.

Death Stranding, Explained: Breaking Down the Complex Relationships, Mysteries, and Ending of Hideo Kojima's Sprawling Epic

There's a lot to unpack in Kojima Productions' Death Stranding. That hasn't stopped us from having a crack at it.

Sekiro Tips - How to Beat Every Boss and Survive in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

This is our complete beginner's guide to surviving Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a list of essential tips and tricks.