The world Kojima created for Death Stranding may be obtuse and at times confusing, but it is intricately designed, as evidenced by the fact that unborn fetuses carried around in pods aren't merely for narrative flair. The Bridge Babies make compelling set pieces, but are almost immediately one of the most important tools in the player's arsenal.
BB helps the player detect the presence of BTs. Coming into contact with BTs is a unique, oddly stealth-like experience. The BB is hooked up to an Odradek Scanner, which points over Sam's shoulder in the direction of the nearest BT, spinning faster as it gets closer. BTs are incredibly hard to see, and are very sensitive to noise.
This leads to stealth gameplay entirely unique to Death Stranding. Like many other games, these sections consist of enemies that need to be avoided, however these enemies cannot be seen unless standing completely still and even then they are sometimes tough to spot , and there is no cover that will protect the player. Sam is forced to crouch walk and hold his breath while near BTs in order to avoid being detected. Failing to properly utilize the BB has ramifications far greater than other games' stealth sections.
If Sam is detected by a BT, a group of them will swarm him and attempt to drag him into a pool of a tar-like substance that forms under his feet. If the player cannot escape the area before being killed, a Voidout occurs, destroying the surrounding landscape and leaving a massive crater. Combined with Death Stranding 's asynchronous multiplayer , these Voidouts will spawn stronger BTs in other player's worlds, essentially making it harder for other couriers to do their delivery job. The Bridge Babies stuck inside their pods can be an off-putting addition to Death Stranding at first glance, but are actually a fascinating part of the game considering their heavily symbolic role in the narrative and gameplay alike.
A passion for video games was instilled at a young age when Kyle Gratton and his older brother were gifted a Nintendo 64 with Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart. Graduating from the University of Kansas as an English and History major, with a minor in Film, Kyle enjoys discussing literature, movies, television, and especially video games. The BB experiments were conducted in a Manhattan government facility in total secrecy until a massive voidout destroyed the island, killing the then-acting President who was witnessing the experiment.
Vice-president Bridget Strand then became the new President and shortly after her inauguration she put an end to the experiments and had all data destroyed. However, Bridget believed that BBs could be exploited to prove the existence of BTs, revealing them to people and thus reassembling America. The experiments continued in secrecy more carefully under Bridges ' supervision.
BBs were placed into a specialized pod , and scientists understood that BBs were not only a way to make BTs visible, but also the power to connect the living with the world of the dead and the Beach. However, not all BBs were created equal, and for the new network imagined by Bridget to reconnect America, a BB with unimaginable potential was needed, and that BB was the son of Clifford Unger and his wife Lisa Bridges.
Clifford agreed to let the scientist use his son to research BB tech, in hope for a cure for his brain-dead wife, but was lied to by President Strand about the conditions and consequences. Soon after learning the President's intentions, Clifford attempted to flee with the baby but was shot during the escape.
Bridget, however, brought the baby back from the Beach using Amelie , which caused a massive BT invasion with following Voidouts occurring worldwide and ultimately set the Death Stranding in motion. After all this, information about the BB experiments were made top secret and was mostly expunged from the Chiral Network, leaving the people with the belief that BBs are only a tool for detecting BTs, and most Bridges employees without knowledge of how they work at all.
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The "BB Pod" included in the "DEATH STRANDING COLLECTOR'S EDITION" released on November 8th, is now available in a new version! The BB is hooked up to an Odradek Scanner, which points over Sam's shoulder in the direction of the nearest BT, spinning faster as it gets. Death Stranding's Bridge Babies (BBs) are harvested from Stillmothers and used as tools to detect BTs, and it's a disturbing plot element.