ByCryss Leonhart, writer at Creators.co
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Cryss Leonhart

Death Stranding made an appearance at the Video Game Awards last night, whilst it didn't win any awards—which considering it wasn't up for any isn't really surprising—it did kinda steal the show.

Thanks to the wonders of a new studio and some backing from Sony, gamers everywhere got a look at the second trailer for 's latest project. We weren't too surprised to see Mads Mikkelsen joining the cast alongside Norman Reedus, but there were a few things we picked up on that you may not have noticed.

Eight Things You Didn't Notice About The Death Stranding Trailer

If you haven't caught up with the latest trailers from the game awards, then take a minute to check out the new trailer above. It's okay, we'll wait.

With that out of the way, here are eight things that you may have missed within this bizarre advert for Kojima's latest video game.

A New Challenger Approaches: Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro is burned out on video game development, but not Kojima.
Guillermo Del Toro is burned out on video game development, but not Kojima.

With two failed attempts at getting into games behind him, you'd be unsurprised to find out that Del Toro stated that he refused to work on a game project again. That is unless the stars align, the lunar energies are in attuned and he gets to work with Hideo Kojima—or maybe just the last one. That's him above in the new trailer, and he's not that bad an actor either!

Scarred For Life: Ties To The First Trailer

Left: Norman from the first trailer. Right: a doll seen throughout the second trailer.
Left: Norman from the first trailer. Right: a doll seen throughout the second trailer.

Norman Reedus might have been absent from this trailer, but there is a tie to the rather creepy doll seen throughout. Both Reedus and the babe bare a cross instead of a bellybutton across their abdomen, almost like they've been stitched together. A connection between the two perhaps?

Sorry, I Left The Fluffy Handcuffs At Home: A Theme In Death Stranding?

Another recurring theme between the trailers is the handcuffs, worn by both Reedus and Del Toro. It might signify imprisonment or escape, though the futuristic forcefield between them hints at something a little more high tech. Have they broken out of the same place? What do you think?

Silent Hills: Is The Dark Water The New Fog?

Is the dark water the new fog?
Is the dark water the new fog?

As the dark water begins to rise in the latest Death Stranding trailer, the world shifts, replacing debris with the carcasses of marine wildlife. So perhaps this dark water could be compared to Silent Hills's fog. If that's the case then perhaps there will be two states to the world in Death Stranding. This water will be something to run from.

Behind The Black: Hand Prints

If you look to the right, you can see a number of black hand prints
If you look to the right, you can see a number of black hand prints

If you take a look to the right of the image above, you can see black hand prints along the wall. In the original trailer, Reedus follows these along the beach. In the latest trailer, they lead to a confrontation with Mads Mikkelsen at the end of this passage. What's the connection? Is history repeating itself?

Connections To The Doll

The doll and baby move in the same way, how are they linked
The doll and baby move in the same way, how are they linked

When the camera lingers over the baby and the doll, both open their right eye. We've linked the doll to Reedus, but how are these two linked? Are we looking at a world devoid of children? Is Guillermo experimenting on something, and is the evil being in the trailer seeking out young humans for something dark and mysterious?

Purity: Looking At The Doll Cleanses Mikkelsen

Mikkelsen is cleansed in the final shot, is this a story of redemption or something else?
Mikkelsen is cleansed in the final shot, is this a story of redemption or something else?

Mikkelsen appears menacing throughout the trailer, commanding a group of wraithlike commandos. However, after looking down at the doll, his face is cleansed in the final shot. Perhaps this is why he's seeking out young humans, perhaps they allow him to live longer or give him power? This would explain why we see them so often in both trailers.

Decima: How Does Mythology Fit In?

Look in the bottom left of this image and you'll see a logo for something called Decima
Look in the bottom left of this image and you'll see a logo for something called Decima

In the end credit sequence, you can see a new icon for something called Decima. In mythology, Decima measured the threads of life and would weave these into a pattern which controls the length of human life. There's a rumor this is the tech behind Death Stranding.

There's a lot going on with Death Stranding, we're not sure how the things we've seen in these trailers will translate into the game, but we can't wait to find out.

Are you excited for Death Stranding? What did you pick out from the trailer?

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