Sam was a much faster man in early builds.
Death Stranding is finally here after many years of vague teasers and somehow even vaguer gameplay videos. The game is noteworthy for its slow pace and traversal system that puts an emphasis on slow and steady over the quicker pace of most games. That’s proven to be polarizing to some, but it wasn’t always this way. Apparently, the game’s travesal was much swiftly in earlier builds.
In the livestream to countdown to the game’s launch, which you can see below, Director Hideo Kojima talked about at one point Sam could carry heavy gear and weapons, as well as being a much faster character and able to jump over things and scale things at a faster rate. Considering how part of the game’s idea is its slowness and struggle to overcome the mundane, they scaled it back thinking the more encumbered feel fit the game more.