Skip to main content

Even Mads Mikkelsen doesn't understand Kojima's 'Death Stranding'

mads mikkelsen lost death stranding
[Image courtesy of Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock]
Hideo Kojima is notorious for writing extremely complex narratives filled with numerous twists and turns, as well as so many subplots that one would have to make playing his games a full-time job in order to fully grasp them. But “full-time job” might not even be enough for his latest project, Death Stranding, as star Mads Mikkelsen doesn’t even really know what it’s about.

“He was trying to tell me the full plot of the game, and it’s so elaborate that, I mean, I got lost but I really wanted to learn more,” Mikkelsen said at Saudi Comic Con. “It’s a big honor to be there.”

Mikkelsen likely knows significantly more than we do regarding the game’s narrative, which seems to involve an army of beached whales, infants connected to men via umbilical cords, and enough oil to expedite global warming by a few hundred years.

The game’s second trailer, which was shown during 2016’s Game Awards show, only further complicated things. Legendary director Guillermo Del Toro, who was previously working with Kojima on Silent Hills, makes an appearance with another baby, and Mikkelsen then shows up connected to a group of skeletal soldiers with what appears to be a series of artificial umbilical cords. His face is covered in ink. Elsewhere, we see a tank covered in intestines and a baby winks at the camera.

We were hoping to get some sort of explanation for at least a few of these individual pieces from Mikkelsen, but perhaps it’s best that we go into Death Stranding just as clueless as he is. Metal Gear Solid V‘s half-baked ending aside, letting Hideo Kojima just “do his thing” and iterate on his own brand of insanity has always paid off for players.

Editors' Recommendations

Gabe Gurwin
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Gabe Gurwin has been playing games since 1997, beginning with the N64 and the Super Nintendo. He began his journalism career…
A Death Stranding sequel is reportedly in development
Sam Bridges stands with the child he must carry with him.

A sequel to 2019's Death Stranding is reportedly in production. While no official announcement has been made, the game's main character actor seems to have confirmed it.

In an interview with Leo, actor Norman Reedus was discussing his career. The interviewer, Ilaria Urbinati, asked about Reedus's book, the final season of The Walking Dead, and of course, Death Stranding.

Read more
Death Stranding Director’s Cut finally hits PC on March 30
Death Stranding Director's Cut key art for PC featuring Sam Bridges and a baby.

Kojima Productions and 505 Games' Death Stranding Director's Cut will launch for PC on March 30, 2022. It will cost $40 for new players, though those who already own Death Stranding on PC can upgrade for a small fee.

Death Stranding Director's Cut is an enhanced version of auteur Hideo Kojima's most experimental game yet. It follows Norman Reedus' Sam Porter Bridges as he slowly treks across America in an attempt to reconnect humanity. In our 2019 review of the game, Digital Trends said that "it won't change the minds of Kojima detractors who think he should just make movies, but the game's thoughtful social components showcase why he still plays such a vital role in the games industry."

Read more
Death Stranding: Director’s Cut heads to PC this spring with Intel XeSS support
Sam Bridges stands with the child he must carry with him.

Death Stranding: Director's Cut is coming to PC this spring. Announced at Intel's 2022 CES show, the PC port of the critically acclaimed 2019 game is the result of a partnership between Intel, developer Kojima Productions, and publisher 505 Games.

According to 505 Games, Director's Cut will release simultaneously on the Epic Games Store and Steam, where it already has a listing. The game doesn't have a more specific release date than spring 2022, but Intel and 505 Games are promising that this will be the "definitive Death Stranding experience".

Read more