Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding is candy in terms of lore and details present throughout the world. A detail that we will be talking about in particular in this Death Stranding guide is Voidout. What a Voidout is, it is essentially an explosion if you will, that happens because of someone who died and wasn’t incinerated.
Death Stranding Voidouts
When someone in Death Stranding dies, they have a specific time before they explode. The soul may pass on to the afterlife but the body will eventually explode.
Bodies can, however, be preserved for up to 40 hours when put on ice before they explode, but if left rotting, they will explode in 24 hours.
Due to the fact that these explosions will leave a large explosion rendering an area useless for some time until they regenerate after a Timefall, Corpse Disposal Teams have been established which will bring dead bodies to incinerators. Burnt bodies will not explode.
Let us avoid Voidouts
Since death causes a catastrophic event, you are not allowed to kill any humans and can only stun them. You will be reloading the last checkpoint if Sam causes a Voidout.
The cause of death does not matter, once the soul passes onto the afterlife, the corpse will explode, and the only way to prevent it is to burn the lifeless body.
Due to this, players will notice how much of an emphasis is placed in incinerating bodies in the world of Death Stranding.
If dead bodies are left unchecked, they will eventually explode and severely damage the area nearby making it inhabitable for a period of time.
Voidouts play a huge part in the lore and explain why early on in the game, during Order 3, Sam is tasked with taking the President’s dead body for cremation instead of the president being buried.
Even if the president was buried, the rotting corpse will eventually explode causing a voidout.