This Trailer for SnowRunner, an Off-Road Trucking Sim, Parodies Death Stranding's Launch Trailer

This Trailer for SnowRunner, an Off-Road Trucking Sim, Parodies Death Stranding's Launch Trailer

Frankly, this really does look like another entry in the "strand game" genre.

If you're interested in life on the road behind the wheel of a big rig, there are a few popular simulator games out there that capture the experience pretty well. Those games are mainly about regular commercial trucking, focusing on routes from city to city along perfectly smooth highways. SnowRunner, though, is all about driving over rough, wild terrain, and a new trailer cheekily points out the common ground it shares with Hideo Kojima's latest.

As spotted by our friends at Rock Paper Shotgun, the new trailer for SnowRunner is a pitch-perfect parody of Death Stranding's launch trailer. It's shot and edited with the kind of flair Kojima reserves for the likes of Mads Mikkelsen and Lea Seydoux, only instead of some famous actors we're looking at big rigs and 4x4s.

Saber and publishers Focus Home Interactive even licensed an appropriately dramatic pop song, Raign's "Don't Let Me Go," as a backing track for the trailer. Weirdly, it all sort of gels together. There's definitely some broad thematic overlap between the two games, and imagining having to run Sam Porter Bridges through the sloppy mud and over the frozen slicks of SnowRunner is making my knees hurt in sympathy.

For hardcore simulation fans who aren't about to be enticed by a silly card that says "Starring Chevrolet," it does look like SnowRunner's got some seriously challenging and realistic mechanics at work. The mud, ice, and rockslides between you and your delivery drop off points look plausibly treacherous thanks to Saber's physics systems.

SnowRunner is coming to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC via the Epic Games Store on April 28. If you're holding out for the PC release of Death Stranding, that's still a few months out in June, but hey—between SnowRunner and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there's really not a shortage of other "strand games" out there to play, when you think about it.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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