BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at Creators.co
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Simon Rune Knudsen

Inspired by an enticing tweet from Hideo Kojima, the internet has gone on a crazy search for clues and information in the new trailer for the Metal Gear Solid creator's upcoming game Death Stranding.

We of course jumped right on that very obsessive search. Here's a chosen few theories about that people are coming up with.

But first, take a closer look at the trailer starring Mads Mikkelsen & Guillermo del Toro:

Norman And Mads Are Time Travellers

Mads Mikkelsen's character has tentacles. Tentacles that apparently distort space and time, since the compass he is wearing spins wildly when he retracts them to release his skeletal minions.

Speaking of time, it seems Kojima is continuing down the path of blending older war tech with a sci-fi vibe like we saw in MGS 3 and MGS 5. The tanks, the weaponry, the uniforms and the aircrafts smell like World War II, while the baby-in-a-can looks like something you'd see in a Ridley Scott movie.

Mads' rifle is modern, while his minions' weaponry is old. One of the privileges of being the boss. [Credit: Sony]
Mads' rifle is modern, while his minions' weaponry is old. One of the privileges of being the boss. [Credit: Sony]

Also, Norman Reedus has the same scars on his stomach as the creepy doll in the water. So time is definitely distorted in some way, in which case it's natural to conclude that Daryl Dixon has left his bike and crossbow for good to become a dimensional traveller.

It's All About Low Roar

This is probably the most compelling theory. Death Stranding as a game doesn't exist and Kojima is just doing PR and making music videos for Low Roar (the band featured in the trailer.) He's such a fanboy.

No seriously. According to Kojima the lyrics of Low Roar's song are important. They're continuously singing "I took the easy way out" when Guillermo Del Toro's character is in the shot, which probably means he struck some kind of dishonorable deal with Mads Mikkelsen's character.

That's a stereotypical turncoat if I ever saw one.
That's a stereotypical turncoat if I ever saw one.

The US Is No More

Once again we have to look at Guillermo Del Toro's character for answers. He is apparently called Bridges and is a citizen or member of the United Cities of America. So no more states. This we learn from the small badge he has neatly put on his jacket before he went on to strike a shady bargain with the bad guys.

That's not the most interesting information though. Let's CSI this and enhance the badge.

What's that big hole in the center of the web?
What's that big hole in the center of the web?

And for those of us who have limited geographical knowledge:

There's some pretty obvious symbolism going on here. Having a spiderweb in the logo is a pretty strong indication that the United Cities of America isn't the democratic shiny city on the hill like its predecessor.

Some kind of the US collapse is almost certain, and looking at the map it seems the heart of darkness is located in Washington D.C. I guess that's where we'll find the final boss!

What are your thoughts on the trailer and do you have any theories of your own?

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