At the very start of your Death Stranding playthrough, you will be asked to enter your birthday. The game hints that this can impact your DOOMS, the ability that your character has to sense the presence of BTs. Other characters in the game also have DOOMS abilities, but in your case, they make you well suited to being a porter. Nothing quite like being able to sense the presence of those soupy BTs to make delivering packages a little easier.
Does Your Birthday Affect Your DOOMS Abilities in Death Stranding?
When you enter your birthday, the game will tell you that people born at certain times of the year may show higher levels of DOOMS. It specifically names the constellations Cancer, Pisces, Cetus, Delphinus, and Gigas. If you wish to enter a date that will match any of these constellations, they are:
- Cancer – June 21 to July 23
- Pisces – Feb. 19 to March 20
- Cetus – Any date in November
- Delphinus – Any date in September
- Gigas – Any date in January
At the moment, no one knows if this will have any effect in-game. It is entirely possible that some form of secret, or a bit of narrative, is hidden behind having the “correct” birthdate. But let’s be honest here: Kojima once made us all switch our controllers to win a boss fight, so there is no way to know what might happen in Death Stranding.
What we do know is that if you play the game on your birthday, you will receive a cake. How nice! We personally don’t think much will be hidden behind your birthday if it does hide a secret, as that could upset anyone who put in a birthday outside of those dates. Perhaps it will tie into an NPC character, and shall possibly explain how someone like Fragile can do what she does. (We won’t go into any more details on her, for fear of hitting someone with an unwanted spoiler.)