Death Stranding release date revealed in bewildering nine-minute trailer

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Sony has revealed that Hideo Kojima's enigmatic adventure Death Stranding will release this year on 8 November.

The announcement came in a bewildering nine-minute trailer that also gave us the best look yet at Death Stranding's thus far mysterious gameplay. In some senses the game looks familiar to Kojima fans, with stealthy movement and robust third-person shooting resembling Kojima's revered Metal Gear Solid series.

But the rest of it was just as deliciously weird as we have come to expect from Kojima's PS4 exclusive, the director's first game with his new studio Kojima Productions since leaving Japanese publisher Konami.

You will play as Sam (Norman Reedus), a delivery man of sorts, making his way across a ruined America. There were environmental challenges, scaling cliffs with an enormous ladder and hopping fissures with anchor rope. Sam faced off against a militant group the trailer called the 'homodemons' (yes, really), engaging in fisticuffs and making his escape.

The trailer seemed a deliberate descent into madness the more it went on, with strange foetuses in sci-fi jars, terrifying black goo chasing Sam and lots of Hannibal actor Mads Mikkelsen in seemingly different guises. The game also stars Lea Seydoux, Guillermo Del Toro as 'Deadman', Nicholas Winding Refn as Heartman and, just for good measure Tommie Earl Jenkins as 'Die-Hardman' (yes, really).

In an interview with The Telegraph, Kojima said he was making Death Stranding like it was his last game. Seeing everything being thrown at it, you rather take him at his word.