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Death Stranding teaser stream draws in 100,000 viewers hungry for a new look

The PlayStation Twitch account offers a tantalizing peek, covered in handprints

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Kojima Productions fans hoping to get a look at Hideo Kojima’s new game, Death Stranding, have been watching a looping Twitch stream all day as hints of a new trailer — and possibly a release date — loom for the PlayStation 4 game.

Kojima began hyping up a new Death Stranding announcement earlier this week, posting short videos to his Twitter account. Those videos were tiny glimpses of game footage in the form of handprints — imagery included in Death Stranding’s first trailer — alongside a few mysterious phrases: “create the rope,” “help us reconnect,” and “tomorrow is in your hands.”

A new look at Death Stranding is hinted at sometime on Wednesday, May 29 in North America and Europe, but the Twitch stream offers a look at what to expect, albeit obscured by a bunch of handprints.

New gameplay footage of Death Stranding appears to shows protagonist Sam Bridges (played by Norman Reedus) exploring new environments, like snowy mountains and moss-covered forests, and using climbing tools like ropes and ladders. Sam will also be able to cover ground quickly on an motorcycle. Kojima Productions also showed off what might be multiplayer combat; a group of players in protective suits appears to be battling ... something. The video also appears to show Léa Seydoux and Troy Baker’s characters having a very intense discussion.

More than 100,000 viewers are currently watching the Death Stranding Twitch stream at the time of this writing, showing intense interesting in the open-world action game. Viewers may get a peek at more than just new game footage, however, as one international PlayStation account reportedly implied a November release date for the game.

Update: Kojima Productions released a nearly nine-minute new trailer for Death Stranding and confirmed the game’s release date: Nov. 8, 2019.

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