Politics in video games is typically a rather taboo discussion. Some gamers prefer a fictitious world to get lost in, while others enjoy the realism. Death Stranding will tackle the latter with Kojima outright stating the comparisons to America’s current state.
Death Stranding sees protagonist Sam Bridges trying to link a network around America. The United Cities of America have become segregated communities mistrusting of any larger regime or government. Connecting each city to what is called the chiral network is entirely optional. Kojima went on to state the up- and downside of linking with the UCA and chiral network.
“When you connect, you can use UCA services, but at the same time, they’re retrieving your information 24 hours a day. It’s like 1984.” Kojima states that, while connecting all of America sounds idealistic, it contains the notion of a surveillance state. “Like Trump, or the EU, these things. It’s a metaphor.”
Despite the parallels to modern-day politics, Kojima remains neutral to both sides of the argument. “In the game, the mission is to really reconnect America again – but I haven’t said whether that is correct or not.”
The ambiguity of whether Sam’s intentions are for the better raises an intriguing debate reflected in the current political landscape.
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