Hideo Kojima -- director of the highly-anticipated video game Death Stranding -- has explained the title is intended to provide commentary on today's divisive sociopolitical climate. Kojima specifically names Donald Trump, the current President of the United States, as well as Brexit, the United Kingdom's proposed exit from the European Union.
"There are only positive 'likes.' There are no negative interactions," Kojima said of Death Stranding's multiplayer functions while speaking with BBC Newsbeat. "So you can't convey any negative emotions. The attacks and violence seen online these days are out of control. So I designed this for people to take a step back and by connecting, relearn to be kind to others. I don't think anyone in the world is opposed to that."
The prolific game developer continued, "Trump is building a wall, and the UK is leaving the EU. In this game, we use bridges to connect things. But destroying those bridges can instantly turn them into walls. So bridges and walls are almost synonymous. That's one of the things I'd like the players to think about in the game."
Directed by Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony. The game stars Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Guillermo Del Toro, Nicolas Winding Refn, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Troy Baker and Lindsay Wagner. Death Stranding will be released for the PlayStation 4 on Nov. 8, with a PC launch scheduled for 2020.