With the Death Stranding PS4 release date of November 8, developer Kojima Productions took to Twitter to announce that Death Stranding would indeed be gracing the PC as well. The Death Stranding PC version will be available “in early summer of 2020”. Considering summer stretches from June to September, it’s possible that Sony could release it just before E3 2020. Nonetheless, it’s rather brave for Sony to allow Kojima Productions to even confirm the existence of a PC version a mere week before the PS4 launch as it could lead to possible cannibalisation of sales.
Thanks to all of you who have been supporting #DEATHSTRANDING!
DEATH STRANDING release on PS4 is November 8, 2019!!
Furthermore, KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS is happy to announce that DEATH STRANDING will be coming to PC in early summer of 2020!!#kojimaproductions #deathstrandingpc pic.twitter.com/Sk4clWWY1X
— Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) October 28, 2019
This announcement follows the discovery that Sony had removed Death Stranding from its list of PS4 exclusives. In fact, when the game was originally announced, a PC version was mentioned and the tweet from Kojima Productions confirms it’s on the way.
In August, Sony removed the Hideo Kojima-directed title from its list of PS4 exclusives. This was discovered by eagle-eyed members of popular gaming forum ResetEra. With the Death Stranding PS4 release date of November 8, it’ll be interesting to see if a PC release is planned somewhere down the line.
”Death Stranding was originally announced for PS4 and PCs, here’s an archived official press release from Sony THEMSELVES prior to the game’s announcement (when they announced their partnership) in Dec 2015 just so you know I’m not messin,” claims ResetEra member Vestan who discovered this change.
Is Death Stranding PC releasing on Steam?
Considering Epic Games has not shied away from moneyhatting PC exclusivity, we won’t be surprised if Death Stranding finds its way to that storefront. Sony has a working relationship with the company what with Detroit hitting the Epic Games Store too. That said, Kojima’s last game — Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain sold exceptionally well on PC on Steam. It’ll be interesting to see how this release is managed in the wake of the usually vitriolic response PC gamers tend to have when a game doesn’t make it to Steam.
Furthermore, games journalist Brian Crecente has confirmed that Sony won’t be publishing Death Stranding. Rather, publishing duties will be handled by 505 Games. Considering that 505 also published Control, which is a timed Epic Games Store exclusive, it further lends credence to the possibility that Steam may miss out.
Oh it looks like you’ll be waiting a bit to play #DeathStranding on PC. 505 Games won’t be publishing it until next Summer.
— Brian "Seeking New Opportunities" Crecente (@crecenteb) October 28, 2019
“We are extremely excited and honored to be working with the supremely talented team at Kojima Productions and to bring Death Stranding to PC gamers around the world,” said 505 Games co-founder and CEO Raffi Galante in a press release. “Death Stranding will take gamers through a completely original experience that will delight PC gamers everywhere.”
Right now however, if you want Death Stranding, the PS4 version is the only one you can pre-order.