Death Stranding is a beautiful-looking game. Why doesn’t its box art emphasize that?
Hideo Kojima unveiled Death Stranding’s cover art at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this weekend. While fan reaction is mixed, there’s certainly nothing wrong with either edition. Focusing on Norman Reedus’s Sam is a smart selling point.
With that said, however, there’s so much more that can be done with Death Stranding‘s visual presentation. Kojima is legendary for his unique aesthetics in game creation. While some fans appear pretty high on the Steelbook Edition of the game, the Regular Edition is a little bland. Given that Kojima has released several stunning posters for Death Stranding, the Regular Edition complaints certainly have some validity to them.
While we still don’t know exactly what Death Stranding is, Kojima’s released a lot of stand-out visuals thus far. Sam cradling his baby in a barren wasteland is one, while the “tomorrow is in your hands” character posters are another. Having Higgs, the Man in the Golden Mask, on the front of a cover would really make it pop.
Kojima is legendary for his unique aesthetics in game creation.
It’s not necessarily that the Death Stranding cover art is explicitly bad. It’s serviceable, and the steelbook edition is actively enticing. The problem is that Death Stranding has already captured our imaginations with some striking visuals. Cover art might not be the biggest deal in the grand scheme of things, but it’s still memorable. As fans, we tend to remember really impressive art on game covers years after we’ve played them. Here’s hoping that will be said about Death Stranding once it releases in November.