Death Stranding: Lets enjoy some wild, backpack based speculation

It seems the only thing Hideo Kojima enjoys more than making epic games and watching movies is taunting us with Death Stranding (opens in new tab) clues. His latest tweet ask us to look closely at the backpack of the game’s hero, courier Sam Bridges. So of course, we’ve gone full Sherlock Holmes on it.  

Sam’s back hasn’t been revealed much. Pls use this as reference for making your fan art or cosplay. In fact, not only the design but also these small details are related with the game functions 👍🌈🐟🐋🐬🦀☔️💀 23, 2019

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As Sam is a courier, we can be sure his precious cargo takes up the bulk of his luggage allowance, but those various slots on the outside of the pack are definitely something important too.  

Notice this little meter on the bottom, it just screams gameplay indicator. Is it a health meter, or something more complicated like balance? It could hint that Death Stranding will forgo a traditional HUD in favor of something that feels more immersive, a la Dead Space, and won’t get in the way of all the cinematic moments.  

These are definitely slots for power-ups or grenades. I’d lead towards the former, because Death Stranding doesn’t feel like we’re going to be involved in a lot of Call of Duty-style warzones. Could they contain something that heals Sam, or helps fend of the strange spectral enemies?  

This device has a little arm coming out of it. At first it looked like a power cable, but where is Sam going to plug that in? His local wasteland Walmart? It’s more likely to be the sensor for some sort of meter that can detect the presence of the enemies that rapidly aged the poor dude in the 2017 Game Awards trailer (opens in new tab). 

Nice to know that the dreamcatcher trend – which was real big with teenage girls in the late nineties – is still big in our dystopian future. Obviously this web is a motif we’ve seen repeated again and again in Death Stranding trailers, and ties in with the clues that Hideo Kojima has shared about how important connections will be in the game (opens in new tab).  

Note that this backpack is substantially more well equipped than the one we see Sam toting at the start of the 2018 Death Stranding trailer (opens in new tab). Something he acquires later in the game? Or can we choose different equipment setups depending on different scenarios?

PlayStation isn’t attending E3 this year, but we’re still hoping that Kojima will drop a trailer with some new clues anyway. Until then, he’ll just have to keep torturing us on Twitter. 

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