The more you try to dive into the complex universe of Death Stranding, the more questions keep popping up. It’s no wonder: this is a Hideo Kojima game, after all.
While there’s still a lot that we don’t fully understand, we’ve been able to piece together from what’s been shown so far a pretty good picture about what Death Stranding actually is — let’s dive in.
The World of Death Stranding
Death Stranding takes place in the “United Cities of America,” a future version of the United States, that appears to be on the verge of collapse. A series of mysterious explosions, which Sam references as an unexplained global disaster akin in scale to the original Big Bang that created the universe, have rocked the planet, causing “supernatural events” to dramatically change the geography of the Earth. With legions of these supernatural monsters roaming the country, humanity faces its own extinction.
Source: IGN.com Death Stranding: Putting Gameplay, Story, and Setting Together