Dying in Death Stranding works differently than it does in most games. For one, when you die in Death Stranding, you don’t lose anything most of the time. However, there is one particular case where there’s a true game over state, and you have to reload your save.
We’ll tell you the consequences of dying in Death Stranding. We’ll cover the two types of deaths and how you can return to your body to continue the game.
Are there consequences if you die in Death Stranding?
Since Sam is a repatriate, he can immediately reunite with his body upon death and continue on. When you lose all your health (blood), you’ll be sent to the seam in a sort of out-of-body experience. From here, you can press the scan button (R1) to get your bearings. All you need to do to come back to life is to find the golden strand and follow it to Sam’s body. Once you’ve located the body, fly into it, and Sam will repatriate.
As far as I can tell, repatriating doesn’t have any real penalty. If you die from a fall, you’ll return to the last stable location before the fatal tumble. Dying from physical damage will have you raise in roughly the same place. However, if you are killed by human enemies, you will lose your cargo and have to search for it. The exception to this rule is if you’re eaten by a BT. If this happens, a void out will occur in the local area, which causes a massive explosion resulting in a crater that makes the area impassable for a limited amount of time.
Is there a game over in Death Stranding?
It is possible to reach a game over in Death Stranding. If a BT comes in contact with a dead body, the resulting void out will destroy so much of the game world that you’ll be forced to reload from your latest save. Repatriating works much the same as a standard death, but when you enter your body, you’ll be asked to load a save. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a save from before the death of whose ever body caused the void out. So, you do get a game over, but you won’t lose much progress, thankfully.