A New Character Spotlight Trailer For Death Stranding Introduces Heartman

By Heidi Nicholas,
The release of Kojima Productions' upcoming game, Death Stranding, is only months away. As if to amp up the excitement, The PlayStation YouTube channel have recently dropped a spotlight trailer introducing us to Heartman:

Heartman apparently dies every 21 minutes. If you've been keeping up to date with Death Stranding news, you'll know that this is only the latest in a series of bizarre revelations about the game. If you need a refresher, we discussed Death Stranding in this article listing games we were most anticipating this year. But don't go feeling too bad for Heartman and his troubles; he doesn't seem to mind dying every 20 odd minutes or so. He shows the protagonist, Sam, his collection of books, DVDs, and CDs, all of which are cherry-picked for their ability to entertain him within his limited windows of existence. But Heartman apparently only uses his waking moments for relaxation, and it sounds as though the activity he's really interested takes place when he's... absent.

In fact, Heartman states in the trailer that his 21 minutes of existence are 'nothing more' than 'downtime', whilst he waits 'to go back to the search'. It's not clear what the "search" is for, but Heartman clearly feels that he's given us enough information, as he doesn't mention anything else about it. Death Stranding is one of those games which could give us endless teaser trailers and reveals, and still not give anything away. Intriguingly, it's not even assigned to a particular genre, as the PlayStation Store refers to it as 'genre-defying'. In fact, the most information is in the video description, which states that Heartman is a 'member of BRIDGES' and 'committed to researching the truth of the Death Stranding'. Either way, it's certainly a fascinating premise to have a character who dies every 21 minutes, and it'll be interesting to see if we learn anything more about him as the release date approaches.

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Death Stranding will come out on the 8th November this year. Will you be playing it? What do you think about Heartman?
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!