Just because games are different does not mean they cannot be friends. This seems to be the case with Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Dawn. Fans who have just started playing the latter game may be able to see just the slightest hint of a reference while exploring it.
Players can consider this quite the supportive nod from one PlayStation game to another. Both titles are, after all, made (or in the case of Death Stranding, being made) for the PlayStation 4. Fans who would like to get these items for themselves may read how to obtain them below.
However, more invested fans are wondering if the connection between the two games really end there. After all, not much is known about Death Stranding and its development. Given that industry icon and creator Hideo Kojima has gotten the help of celebrities Mads Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus, and even Guillermo Del Toro, connecting the two games may be a possibility.
Death Stranding Items
GameSpot noted that players of Horizon Zero Dawn will be able to traverse its huge open world to hunt mechanical monsters. These creatures drop items that can be traded for merchants or be used to craft items. Interestingly, two Very Rare items have a very familiar icon – as in that of Ludens, the Kojima Productions Logo.
These items are called Stranded Shackles and Stranded Figure. Players may also take note of its description, that it is “a battered idol of an infant, smelling faintly of decay.” This is a reference to the baby that appears in the Kojima game’s trailers. Both of these items can be acquired by hunting monsters around the game’s robust open world.
It is this precise monster hunting tactic, combined with its lush yet ironically post-apocalyptic world, that made Horizon so appealing. After all, players not only get to ride a mechanical mount, they can also prey on gigantic dinosaurs. However, it may precisely be the game’s setting that connects the dots between the two games.
Players who want to grab the two Easter Eggs can refer to a guide by YongYea below. Take note, however, that these items are extremely rare and difficult to find. Fans who want to see if there are more references inside the game can finally do so as the title has just been released to the public this February 28.
It is at this point helpful to remember that the theory below is not yet confirmed by Horizon Zero Dawn creators and Hideo Kojima. However, as players can get inquisitive, it may be fun to think of a few speculations. Be careful and take this with a grain of salt.
Kojima’s new game hardly has any details for players to follow. Its entire subreddit has threads dedicated to dissect what little could be gained from its trailers. However, some say these Redditors are getting on to something substantial. Interested players can read the full discussion at /r/DeathStranding.
One of these theories is that the game may be set in France during World War 2. It is evident that Mikkelsen will play the antagonist to Reedus’s main character, but how they interact is yet to be seen. Kojima already mentioned that the gameplay of the title will be significant for its namesake, meaning his first entry after Metal Gear will have themes related to “death” and “being stranded.” However, if Kojima confirms that the game is set in a post-apocalyptic universe, then this is where Horizon comes in.
Horizon tells the story of Aloy, a hunter living in a world that is overrun by robots. While the game’s plot has not been revealed to its full extent, one might make the assumption that it is set in a post-apocalyptic era. Somehow robots may have gotten sentience and resorted back to animal-like states. If Kojima’s story has something to do with machines, then it is fairly reasonable that Horizon is set in a timeline after the events of Kojima’s game.
Again, this is of course just a theory. The speculation all rests on the possibility that the two games are in fact related. Sadly, this can easily be dismissed as a gamer’s fantasy as these may very well be just Easter Eggs – and they may stay as just that.