Death Stranding 2 has a title, a release window and a gorgeous new trailer

Sam Porter Bridges cradles a child in his arms
(Image credit: Kojima Productions)

Death Stranding 2 received a new, nearly ten-minute-long trailer at Sony's January 2024 State of Play event. The trailer gave us a look at the storyline, new visuals, and a 2025 release window. We also finally got confirmation as to the game's full title: Death Stranding 2: On The Beach.

The trailer begins with a pair of mysterious figures in military dress recovering a body from a strange chrysalis. Fans of the original Death Stranding will recognize one of them as Fragile (Léa Seydoux) - a key player in the events of the first game, who assists protagonist Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus) in his quest to reunite the remnants of the United States.

The trailer then gives us a look at a ship that seems to belong to 'Drawbridge', a non-military organization formed to reconnect the fragmented world of Death Stranding

We're then treated to a few gorgeous shots of Death Stranding 2's locales before seeing a preview of a face-off between Sam and Higgs - one of the antagonists from the first game. Lastly, we return to the ship before the preview reaches its climax with an ominous message: "Should we have reconnected?" 

You can see the trailer for yourself, below.

There's a huge amount to unpack here. From Higgs' new Emo aesthetic to the mysterious puppet that now accompanies Sam on his journey, the trailer raises as many questions as it answers. However, when it comes to games from Kojima Productions, speculation and fan theories are all a part of the appeal. 

I was most intrigued by the logo of the 'Drawbridge' organization. Not only does it come in a snazzy art-deco style at odds with a lot of what we've seen from the Death Stranding universe, but the organization's motto is also fascinating: "Both stick and rope. To protect and connect. Together. For tomorrow."  

This is yet another reference to a short story by Kobo Abe's short story Nawa ("The Rope" in English). The first thing you see when you start a new game in Death Standing is a quote from this story. The tale deals with themes of connection and isolation, and it's clear that Kojima Productions wants to keep these themes at the heart of Death Stranding 2's narrative, too. 

Excited about Death Stranding 2? Check out our lists of the best single-player games and best PS5 games for more iconic experiences.

Cat Bussell
Staff Writer

Cat Bussell is a Staff Writer at TechRadar Gaming. Hailing from the crooked spires of London, Cat is an experienced writer and journalist. As seen on Wargamer.com, TheGamer.com, and Superjumpmagazine.com, Cat is here to bring you coverage from all corners of the video game world. An inveterate RPG maven and strategy game enjoyer, Cat is known for her love of rich narratives; both story-driven and emergent. 


Before migrating to the green pastures of games journalism, Cat worked as a political advisor and academic. She has three degrees and has studied and worked at Cambridge University, University College London, and Queen Mary University of London. She's also been an art gallery curator, an ice cream maker, and a cocktail mixologist. This crash course in NPC lifestyles uniquely qualifies her to pick apart only the juiciest video games for your reading pleasure. 


Cat cut her teeth on MMOs in the heyday of World of Warcraft before giving in to her love of JRPGs and becoming embedded in Final Fantasy XIV. When she's not doing that, you might find her running a tabletop RPG or two, perhaps even voluntarily.