so far. Maybe too good a look. Now, Opening Night Live host Geoff Keighley spoke about what players can expect from Death Stranding when it is released, including some details about the mysterious multiplayer.Speaking with IGN at Gamescom, Keighley talked about the multiplayer portion of Death Stranding that Kojima hasn’t spoken too much about just yet. According to Keighley, the multiplayer portion really exemplifies the themes of “connection” that Kojima has talked about whenever discussing Death Stranding. Watch the interview in the video above.
“What he’s doing with the online aspects of it, I think people aren’t quite fully ready for what he’s doing.”
Keighley specifically mentioned the mushroom portion of the Gamescom demo. You know, when Norman Reedus’ character Sam peed on it? Kojima mentioned during the press conference that if multiple players pee in the same spot, on the same mushroom, something will happen.
Keighley says this concept is the thing to focus on for the game’s online portions. “You got to take that concept and think about how that applies to everything you do in the game, in this connected world and connecting people.”
Will Death Stranding feature a passive multiplayer system where everyone can interact in a shared world? While Kojima hasn’t confirmed anything just yet, it does seem like players will be able to interact with shared world markers, like say, a mushroom everyone can pee on. Don’t worry though, you won’t see Norman Reedus’ junk while he’s peeing.
Keighley will actually be in the game, or at least his likeness. “[Kojima] scanned me a couple years ago in San Diego, I had no idea what for,” Keighley revealed. “He didn’t tell me until a week or two ago, ‘Oh, you’re kind of in the game.’”
Keighley couldn’t say what role his character will have in the game. In fact, he doesn’t even voice his own likeness. That job falls to voice actor Matthew Mercer who revealed his new role to Keighley just recently at San Diego Comic Con.
For more on Death Stranding at Gamescom, check out what we know about Death Stranding so far, as well as a breakdown of an exclusive Gamescom Death Stranding trailer. Death Stranding will be released on PlayStation 4 November 8.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.