You don’t need a PlayStation console to play Kojima Productions Death Stranding† While Sony is still releasing the only console version of the game, due out next month, Kojima Productions and 505 Games announced today they are working together on a PC version of the title, which should be released in the “early summer of 2020”.
That may come as a surprise to some, given the way Sony has been marketing the title for years. Death Stranding was first unveiled with much fanfare as part of Sony’s 2016 E3 press conference (on the other hand, Shenmue III received a similar treatment in 2015, but is also coming to PC this year). At the time, a Sony press release noted that the game was announcing that the company will “continue to expand its software portfolio with an attractive title series and deliver entertainment experiences only possible on PlayStation” (emphasis added).
Before that, Kojima described his first Konami-free game as a “partnership with PlayStation” in a video with Sony CEO Andrew House, adding that he was “excited to start a new franchise with PlayStation”. And the game’s mind-boggling 2018 E3 trailer kicked off with a large “Only on PlayStation” banner, which seems hard to misinterpret.
The clues were there
That said, other Sony press material (including that 2016 press release) was careful to only call the game a “console exclusive” on PS4, meaning a PC release was still a possibility. Going back even further, when Kojima Productions was officially unveiled in 2015, a Medium-posted Q&A (since deleted, archived here) directly said that the company’s first game is “planned to be available on PC (after PS4).” That announcement also clearly defined Kojima Productions as an independent studio, separate from Sony, noting that future Kojima Productions games may not be PlayStation exclusive at all.
An eagle-eyed observer on the gaming forum ResetEra also noted in August that Death Stranding was no longer included on the official list of Sony’s “Only on PlayStation” exclusives. Death Stranding wasn’t on that list until May, suggesting someone at Sony was late remembering (or noticing) that a PC version was still in the works.
Anyway, the timing of the official PC version announcement is interesting, just a few weeks after the November 8th PS4 release. This is in stark contrast to Red Dead Redemption 2which was only confirmed for a PC release last month, nearly a year after its hugely successful console debut.
Death StrandingThe PC publisher 505 Games has not announced which digital storefronts the game will be available on. Only 505 Games’ Check recently launched as an Epic Games Store exclusive to PC, thanks in part to an apparent $10.5 million upfront revenue guarantee from Epic itself.