Kojima Says Death Stranding Has “Very Easy Mode For Movie Fans”
Death Stranding got a November release date earlier this year, as well as a special spot at the Gamescom Opening Night Live show, and now Hideo Kojima has revealed some details about the difficulty modes on Twitter (Below)
As Kojima explains, the introduction of the “Very Easy” mode was not standard. The choice to include it is intriguing in that he hopes people who don’t normally play these games may be drawn to Death Stranding because of the actors within it. These actors, like Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and others, have all starred in fairly high profile or big budget films or television series, but they are now all coming together for a completely different experience. Working in an interactive medium is different than working in a static medium such as movies or TV. If any of their fans do decide to buy the PlayStation exclusive title, that’s a major win for Kojima, Sony, and any actors who want to try their hand at video game acting. If an actor can pull people in on account of star power alone, they could become staples in every video game franchise, but at the same time, that could also end up putting video game actors into movies. It seems like wins all around.
The description of the difficulty mode is very similar to that of Mass Effect 3’s Narrative Mode. This mode made combat almost meaningless to allow players to experience the story of the trilogy’s finale more effectively. The mode was unavailable in the previous two games, but was also joined by Action Mode, which kept combat the same but removed every element of choice a player had in place of just letting you fight.
Death Stranding’s cast is loaded with stars. Alongside Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, the action-exploration game features James Bond talent Lea Seydoux and Madds Mikkelsen, The Leftovers actress Margaret Qualley, The Last of Us voice actor Troy Baker, The Bionic Woman actress Lindsay Wagner, and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro.
Tokyo Game Show is right around the corner, and although Sony has confirmed it won’t hold a press conference, the company will still have a presence on the show floor. Kojima Productions will reportedly show off more Death Stranding footage during the event.
Death Stranding will be released on November 8, 2019, for PlayStation 4