Kojima Productions’ mysterious delivery action game Death Stranding has officially been confirmed for PC! This is some majorly exciting news, particularly for those Metal Gear Solid fans curious to know what series director Hideo Kojima would do outside of Konami and away from the series that made him famous to begin with. So, what exactly is in store for Death Stranding?
Death Stranding — the highly anticipated next game from Hideo Kojima and his studio Kojima Productions — will be making its way to PC next year in “early summer,” the studio announced recently in a tweet.
The PC port will be published by 505 Games, the same group behind the excellent PC version of Control, so it seems Death Stranding’s port is in good hands. There’s no firm release date for Death Stranding on PC outside of the “early summer of 2020” window, though. 505 Games, which is acting as the publisher on the PC version of Death Stranding, has confirmed that the game will be coming to both the Epic Games Store and Steam simultaneously. Death Stranding is up for pre-order on both platforms now, with 505 Games sharing the appropriate store links via Twitter.
The months of exclusivity is for the PlayStation 4 — which gets Death Stranding on November 8th — means that players looking to unravel the mysteries of Kojima’s latest game as soon as possible will still need to pick up Sony’s console. But dedicated PC gamers who don’t mind spoilers (or are just more patient) will be glad to know that they’ll eventually be able to play the world’s foremost action game/strand game (social strand system), too.
Coming Summer 2020, #DeathStranding will launch simultaneously on Steam & the Epic Games Store.
— 505 Games (@505_Games) November 10, 2019
In an interview with Vulture, Kojima recently said that a theoretical sequel to Death Stranding probably wouldn’t be a direct follow-up. If Kojima Productions was to start work on a sequel, it would “start from zero.” That could mean a completely different story with a new cast of characters. Though, Kojima said that we would like to work with Norman Reedus again.
The news that Death Stranding will be going live on both the Epic Store and Steam at the same time will likely be very exciting for a lot of PC players. Epic has drawn considerable controversy for its business strategy regarding the Epic Games Store, which involves paying for store exclusives – something that PC players aren’t used to seeing.
Epic’s goal is clearly to grow its user base quickly, and shelling out cash for exclusives is definitely one way of doing that. A number of high-profile releases have launched as Epic Store exclusives, with one of the most notable being Borderlands 3. In many cases, these are timed exclusivity deals, with developers announcing that their Epic Store-exclusive games will come to Steam later on down the road (generally six months or a year after release).
With Death Stranding, however, it seems players won’t have to worry about that. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more on Death Stranding‘s incoming PC version, and we’ll let you know when Kojima Productions and 505 Games announce a firm release date for it.
You can view the full trailer for Death Stranding below: