According to a tweet from Hideo Kojima, the Death Stranding trailer that will be revealed during the Tokyo Game Show will be 49 minutes long. He revealed the impressive run time in a post to Twitter.
It’s going to be 49 mins long.? pic.twitter.com/pqizmzDQCb
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 10, 2019
I’m pretty sure that once you get past a five minute run time, you cannot call something a trailer anymore, so this feels more like a short film. I also suspect that very few questions people have about Death Stranding will be answered by the time it is all over.
Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s first game since parting ways with Konami and will be a PlayStation exclusive. The game stars Norman Reedus as some form of a delivery man living in a hellish world of ghostly monsters, babies in jars, and general strangeness. Also, he has a ladder. I have seen various people claim that they now know what Death Stranding is about, but I suspect such people may be telling fibs.
Realistically, we can probably expect a mix of narrative points and cutscenes from the game, general gameplay, and more than likely some narrated PR work as well, as Sony and Kojima Productions aimed to grease the wheels of the marketing machine as we get closer to launch. A large part of the appeal of the game for many people does seem to be the mystery that surrounds it, and Kojima’s history of producing wild narratives and worlds.
Death Stranding will release for PlayStation 5 on November 8.