Sounds like a good time, right? It wouldn’t be a Hideo Kojima game if every character wasn’t at least a little weird, and Heartman in the upcoming Death Stranding definitely sounds like one of Kojima’s stranger creations.

Modeled on film director Nicolas Winding Refn, Heartman’s life ends every 21 minutes. Each time it happens, he spends three minutes on “the other side”, searching for his family and seeking to learn more about the phenomenon.

By Heartman’s count, he has died and been resuscitated over 218,000 times. Despite his unusual circumstances, Heartman manages to lead a somewhat normal life, showing off his collection of music, books, and films to protagonist Sam.

However, he also insists that his 21-minute bouts of being alive are merely distractions and that while his body may be present his soul is “on the beach”, confronting the mysteries of the Death Stranding.

You can check out his character trailer below. Death Stranding launches for PS4 on November 8.

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