A new video game set in a dystopian future can tell us a lot about the nature of the IRL world we currently exist in.
Death Stranding is the latest game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, who spoke to the BBC in the run-up to the game's release.
The premise of the game is that a mysterious type of rain called "timefall" ages everything it touches, so players must live in underground shelters to avoid it, not to mention other threats like 'ghosts' and exploding bodies.
The main character must find ways to connect the settlements, allowing people to communicate with each other in order to win the game.
Kojima explained how the theme of connection functions as a critique of today's culture and politics.
We may be connected through the internet more than ever, but what's happening is that people are attacking each other because we're so connected.
President Trump right now is building a wall. Then you have Brexit, where the UK is trying to leave, there are lots of walls and people thinking only about themselves in the world.
In Death Stranding we're using bridges to represent connection - there are options to use them or break them. It's all about making people think about the meaning of connection.
The game has been eagerly awaited for years, and will be released on 8 November.