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'Death Stranding' Is A Metaphor For Trump And Brexit, Says Kojima

'Death Stranding' Is A Metaphor For Trump And Brexit, Says Kojima

I guess it's up to Norman Reedus to sort out Brexit, then.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

As we inch ever-closer to the release of Death Stranding, we're starting to get a slightly clearer picture of just what the game is about. I say slightly, because I still don't think any of us are quite 100 percent on what to expect from Hideo Kojima's ambitious-sounding PlayStation 4 exclusive.

But while even Kojima himself recently claimed he wasn't entirely sure what Death Stranding is at this point, a recent (and excellent) in-depth interview with Game Informer suggests that the Metal Gear creator has gone away and had a bit of a think about the themes of his latest game, and he's got some incredibly interesting insights to share; specifically that the plot of Death Stranding could be read as a metaphor for Donald Trump and Brexit. Okay then.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding

The most recent trailer for the game at least made it clear that one of the major themes of Death Stranding will be to reunite a fragmented world as Sam, the character played by Norman Reedus, attempts to forge some kind of new connection between the disparate residents of the game's bleak world. As it turns out, said world is in fact based on America, according to Kojima himself.

"It's about America," the developer told Game Informer, "but I made that map deliberately not correctly America. Maybe it looks like Japan from that angle. I want people to not think 'America,' but 'where you are.' Because it depends on who is seeing it. And of course, it's in the future, and everyone's connected by internet, but everyone is fragmented. That's kind of a metaphor as well."

In Death Stranding, the "connection" comes in the form of the chiral network, a highly advanced communications system that's only available to those who join the United Cities of America. Given that not everyone will feel inclined to join, what we're left with is a society in which there are those who find themselves well connected, and those who are pushed to the margins.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding

Kojima explained that some people in-game might not want to be part of the UCA because it could lead a repeat of past events, a reference to Trump and Brexit, according to the developer. "It's like 1984. Some people may not like that, and say 'I'm not going to connect to UCA, because we're going to repeat the same thing that we did.' Like Trump, or the EU, these things. It's a metaphor."

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