In Death Stranding, You Can Pee and Meet Holographic Geoff Keighley. Not Necessarily at the Same Time

In Death Stranding, You Can Pee and Meet Holographic Geoff Keighley. Not Necessarily at the Same Time

We got a big stream of new Death Stranding footage today.

When video game fans woke up today, sipped their coffees or yerba mates, and tuned into the new Gamescom Opening Night Live stream, we all expected one thing: a new Death Stranding trailer. Little did we know, we got two new trailers and a quick gameplay demo. And the gameplay demo showed things we never could have anticipated: peeing and a cameo by omnipresent awards host Geoff Keighley.

Opening Night Live, of course, is a Keighley-hosted and produced event. Keighley's known for his work hosting and creating The Game Awards, among a million other things, like being Kojima's biggest hypeman. In Death Stranding, his likeness makes an appearance as a hologram at a station, entitled "Ludens Fan." When Sam Bridges, the protagonist, leaves the in-the-middle of nowhere facility after dropping off a package, the holographic Keighley claps and cheers him on. The character is voiced by Matthew Mercer (Persona 5, Titanfall 2, Overwatch), which gives the whole moment an extra weird layer. Kojima noted on stage that there will be additional cameos too.

The start of the demo has arguably the most shocking moment of all though. After Sam wakes up from a quiet nap in the middle of a field, he takes an awkwardly long piss. You cannot see his penis, no matter how much you move the camera. A mushroom sprouts up in the primary direction of his urinal stream. Later in the short demo, after tumbling down a cliff after meeting uncanny-Keighley, Sam has to rock his incubator baby as they start crying. Naturally, this immediately reminded me of Yakuza 6, which has a similar baby-soothing mechanic.

Death Stranding has been proudly defined as a "strand game," a new genre being pioneered by Kojima Productions. From the looks of what we've seen, it will involved open-world exploration, stealth, some action, and delivering packages. At Opening Night Live, director Kojima noted that a longer gameplay demo will be shown off next month at Tokyo Game Show.

Still, we won't have to wait too long now for the PlayStation 4 action-adventure, as Death Stranding's spectral babies and star-studded cast launch on the console on November 8 of this year.

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Caty McCarthy

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Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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