Death Stranding trailer introduces a new character

Image Credit: Kojima Productions (Image credit: Kojima Productions)

Death Stranding’s release date is fast approaching and Hideo Kojima has dropped a brand new trailer which gives us another glimpse into its mysterious world.

The latest trailer, first shown during San Diego Comic-Con, is taking a somewhat different approach than previous ones by focusing on just one character: Heartman. Played by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, Heartman is a Bridges member who is “committed to researching the truth of the Death Stranding”. Aren’t we all at this stage? 

As explained by the trailer, and by Kojima himself on Twitter, Heartman is a character whose heart stops every 21 minutes. Each time his heart stops he dies for around 3 minutes and enters the world of the dead before being revived by a defibrillator strapped to his chest and returned to the land of the living. 

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As a result, Heartman lives his life in 21 minute chunks and seems to be making the most of it. “Most of life’s basic functions fit rather easily into a 21 minute time slot” he explains to lead character Sam. We’ll take his word for it—he clearly hasn't opened Netflix without a game plan. 

It won’t surprise anyone at this point that this latest trailer still leaves us with questions about Death Stranding but, with these two and three minute glimpses which are increasing in frequency, a bigger picture of what we can expect from the game is starting to build. Hey, maybe Heartman is more relatable than we first thought. 

Death Stranding will release on PS4 on November 8 2019.

Emma Boyle

Emma Boyle is TechRadar’s ex-Gaming Editor, and is now a content developer and freelance journalist. She has written for magazines and websites including T3, Stuff and The Independent. Emma currently works as a Content Developer in Edinburgh.