- It is now confirmed that, as promised by a Twitter account earlier this week, Death Stranding will be accessible on PC Game Pass on August 23.
- Death Stranding was released in 2019 by Sony for the PlayStation, but the PC version was developed by 505 Games.
- Since July 2020, Windows PC users have been able to play Death Stranding, and the Game Pass release appears to be the game’s base version rather than the 2022 Director’s Cut remaster.
- Kojima’s first game since Kojima Productions split from Konami in 2015 is Death Stranding.
It’s now official that Death Stranding will be available on PC Game Pass on August 23 as promised by a Twitter account earlier this week. Developed by Hideo Kojima, who is best known for his work on the Metal Gear series, Death Stranding first debuted on the PlayStation 4 in 2019 before being made available on the PC two years later.
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— PC Game Pass (@XboxGamePassPC) August 16, 2022
Although Death Stranding’s inclusion in PC Game Pass is a win for the subscription service, it doesn’t indicate that an Xbox release is imminent. In 2019, Sony released Death Stranding for the PlayStation, but 505 Games is in charge of the PC version. It’s unlikely that Death Stranding will appear on the Xbox version of Game Pass because Sony still controls where the game is released on consoles.
Death Stranding has been playable on Windows PC since July 2020, and the Game Pass release appears to be the game’s base version, not the 2022 Director’s Cut remake. But according to 505 Games, the PC version of Game Pass supports ultrawide monitors, has photo mode, a high frame rate, and “crossover content from some very well-known franchises.”
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— PC Game Pass (@XboxGamePassPC) August 19, 2022
According to the achievement tracking website True Achievements, Death Stranding’s PC Game Pass edition will also feature Xbox Achievements.
Death Stranding is an open-world action game that is set in the US after a catastrophe, and it is Kojima’s first game since Kojima Productions split from Konami in 2015. You play as a messenger who fights off newly-appeared alien creatures while delivering supplies to cities.
It’s not shocking that Death Stranding is now available through PC Game Pass. Multiple times this week, the profile picture of Microsoft’s official Twitter account for the subscription service was changed to an image showing gameplay. Additionally, Microsoft and Kojima Productions are collaborating on the game Kojima previously referred to as “the game I have always wanted to make.” The new IP, according to Kojima, is a “never-before-seen concept” and will make use of Microsoft’s cloud computing technology. It’s unclear exactly when we’ll get to play Kojima’s Xbox Game Studios game because neither the working title nor the release date have been announced.
Death Stranding received positive reviews upon its initial release on the PlayStation 4 in November 2019. It was also nominated for numerous Game Developers Choice, DICE, and BAFTA awards. A large portion of Death Stranding’s gameplay revolves around deliveryman Sam Bridges as he travels across a destroyed version of the United States to reconnect it via a network, which is akin to the internet, all while meeting up with a supporting cast that includes some of the game’s creator Hideo Kojima’s favorite well-known figures.
Kojima’s unique, esoteric style of game development is evident in the game, which is about a courier with labyrinthitis who carries a baby in his throat. Sam Porter Bridges is tasked with moving packages without severely injuring himself or them in what may be the most expensive walking simulator in existence. Naturally, there is a ton of crazy supernatural thing going on as well. The Game Pass version will support all that lovely social functionality that lets you go along indirectly supporting other players.
Of course, Xbox Game Pass will not be receiving the game. Given that the game has not yet been released on Xbox consoles and probably never will be, that would be a serious distortion of reality. However, you can get both this original version and last year’s Director’s Cut as part of membership on Sony’s recently relaunched PS Plus.