TGS 2018: New Death Stranding Trailer Features Mysterious Man in the Golden Mask

A new Death Stranding trailer has been shown as TGS 2018. Featuring video game voice actor mainstay Troy Baker, the minute-long clip showcases the reveal of a brand-new character, the Man in the Golden Mask, as well as a look at a demonic new enemy type for Norman Reedus’ Sam Bridges to face down.

“I had a special surprise prepped and everything,” quips Baker’s gold-plated figure, as the trailer begins. Curiously, we are also given a shot at a young child strapped to the back of Sam, one that may hint at this section of the game arriving a little later than previous trailers, which saw Reedus cradling a baby.

This, in turn, forces the Man in the Golden Mask’s hand by unleashing an utterly absurd summon, even for Death StrandingFinal Fantasy, eat your heart out. Baker’s character begins to channel the underworld, a series of screaming souls reaching out from the ground beckon towards him, before unveiling the new beast: a golden-masked (he’s got a style, I’ll give him that) lion-type creature, a putrid black substance oozing from every pore. Like I said, utterly absurd.

Baker, who has worked with Hideo Kojima as recently as 2015 with his turn as Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, is the latest in a long, long line of iconic names to make the jump into Kojima’s first solo project. He joins the aforementioned Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo del Toro, Lea Seydoux, and Lindsay Wagner on a who’s who list of talent from stage and screen.

You can watch the trailer down below, though we’d love to hear some of the more hare-brained theories you might have. Where are we? Who is the Man in the Golden Mask and, yes, when are we going to get a release date? Answers on the back of a postcard, people. Or the comments section. I’m not fussy.