After sinking tons of hours in the third episode of Death Stranding, you've probably collected a lot of useful gadgets and upgrades that you can use to expand your toolset in a variety of ways (big greetings to the Bola cannon and the performance skeleton ). But have you ever wondered why Sam's backpack is always open in Death Stranding, exposing your precious cargo to the wild and unpredictable time-lapse elements of the world? If you ask us, it seems rather unprofessional to an experienced doorman.
But what if we tell you it's possible to open a cover that fits around your backpack – something to make all those high-priority deliveries safe? Well, it's just for the cargo that's right near your backpack and not over it. Still, upgrading the backpack is an invaluable tool, especially useful for late-delivery games in extreme weather conditions.
How do you like this wonderful (and fashionable) upgrade you're asking? Let's explain below how to get one of Sam's key upgrades. For more Death Stranding features, check out our In-depth Beginner's Guide and our feature that introduces the key celebrity cameos we've found so far.
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How to Get the Backpack Cover
The backpack cover will be available as soon as you start shipping in Episode 3 south of Lake Knot City. This is the next attraction to an optional prepper, known as The Collector, which you can connect to the chiral network. In this case, you will be rewarded with the backpack and subsequent upgrades.
To find the Collector, drive southeast of 400 meters from the distribution center south of Lake Knot City along the right side of a vertical column to the distribution center. Be sure to bring a ladder with you – you will need it. Be sure to send Odradek scans along the way to check for lost cargo marked with the Collector so you can bring it to him. If you are able, you should take care of it in good time.
Along the gap you should see a small path that leads down to him Take and continue down the right side until you reach some pools and a MULE-Scan pylon. Stand near this pylon and look up and to the north, and you should see a carton fox on the wall. Put your ladder here and climb up to meet the collector. If you are familiar with the Japanese game magazine Famitsu, you can recognize the collector's image as the magazine's former editor-in-chief, Hirokazu Hamamura. And this fox on the wall? It is the mascot of the magazine.
To open the backpack, you need to increase your collector status. If you have not found any lost cargo marked with the Collector before your arrival, do not worry. When you interact with its terminal, you are ordered to steal some game consoles from the nearby MULE camp. When you complete this delivery, he should give you more orders to help you consolidate your rank so that you can unlock the backpack.
As stated above, the case only fits around the main compartment of Sam's backpack. Any excess cargo is stacked on his backpack and thus exposed to the crash. The cover itself is available in two versions: a Level 1 version in shiny silver and a Level 2 version with increased durability that colors a distinctive gold! Despite its limitations, the backpack cover is a lifesaver and an upgrade you should not miss.