Death Stranding will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive when it launches on the 8th November 2019, but it won't be tied to Sony's console forever. Developer Kojima Productions has confirmed that the mysterious open world title will launch on PC in the "early summer" of 2020. It'll be published by 505 Games.
The news doesn't come as a huge shock since speculation of an eventual PC version has been rife for ages. There have been rumours, supposed leaks, and more over the last 12 months or so. At least we know for sure now.
Of course, Death Stranding isn't the first "PlayStation exclusive" to leave the console after a specific length of time. Detroit: Become Human jumped to PC earlier this year, and indie darling Journey arrived on PC back in June. The bottom line is that Sony doesn't have an iron grip on titles that aren't crafted by its first party studios. It's also worth pointing out that you can stream loads of PlayStation titles on PC through PlayStation Now.
What do you make of Death Stranding coming to PC? Please try not to brag about 60 frames-per-second in the comments section below.
Wait, I don’t care.
Does Sony own the IP?
I’m just surprised they’re allowing the engine on PC.
It's nice having exclusives but I also like seeing games become available to more people and it's a chance for the game to make more money too.
It was to be expected, given all the rumours and Mr Kojima's renewed interest in PC as a gaming platform (MGS5 sold really well on PC). I guess Death Stranding is not as critical to Sony as say God of War of The Last of Us. Not an issue, though. More people get to play it and hopefully it sells well enough to keep Mr Kojima interested in creating more risky, innovative IPs.
Sony literally announced it as console exclusive in 2015, but people didnt wanna believe.
Nothing wrong with that. If the game is great it allows more people to experience it.
i'm kinda surprised sony is allowing the leverage of guerrilla's decima engine for PC, if indeed that is the case, as more than likely they will not be publishing it.
Oh no, now I don’t know what to do! I was ready for getting it in a couple of weeks but I honestly would rather not get an inferior version of the game because we all know it’ll be on PS5 too if it’s being ported to PC. This is a tough one, just like the end of every gen where it’s hard to tell whether getting a game now or getting a better version later is the right choice.
Some people were so adament that this was in no way shape or form coming to PC lol. Definitely some fan boy meltdown happening right now in Twitter. Can't imagine being upset because more people get to play a game...
@leucocyte seems 505 Games is publishing on PC.
lol Watch it go EGS exclusive.
@nessisonett Just... get the PS4 version now and sell it around the time when the PS5 version comes out? Even if you only get 1/3 of your money back, it's not a huge loss, and you don't have to wait more than a year to play a game you're looking forward to.
@Amppari Technically, it's still a console exclusive - it's not coming to any other gaming console.
Sony going the MS route
i mean this game was always kinda expected on pc right?
so can't realy see why this is such a big suprise/shock.
i never realy thought of death stranding as a true exclusive in that regard.
and no this does not mean that the next GOW and HZD 2 and spiderman 2 etc will be going to pc at all. those games are to big for sony and are already established as sony franshises while death stranding was not. (kojima productions was never a sony owned studio either btw).
Due to an unexpected bonus at work i'll be able to pick it up for my pro on day 1, it's great that more people can play it though. Good luck to those PC players avoiding spoilers till it's 2020 release!
@Amppari yep totally.
Before the announcement with kojima and andrew house announcing kojima productions there was an official statement that kojima was working on a console exclusive game which would come ti pc later on.
Some sites pist thus as surprising but nothing special cool that sony allows them to do that with the decima engine.
This is just Kojima things. This will not happen with any of Sony's other IPs.
and no this does not mean that pc devs will also get the rights to use the decima engine for other games.
most likely it's just for this game and that's it. a game that was already talked about possibly coming to pc for a few years now.
this is not a loss for sony,and no sony is not "betraying it's fans" or turning into MS. and yes exclusives still matter and sell consoles. and yes this game will still sell ps4 consoles aswell.
(just wanting to keep this discussion reasonable and civil)
Mod the game so its the fetus carrying a tiny Norman Reedus to save the future.
It's not a big issue - yet very surprising.
Most of the better indies and left field games release on the block so maybe a change to PC full time is in the reckoning. The Last of Us, Persona 5 and Street Fighter 5 made my decision easy this gen. Not so easy for next gen. Don't stop trying Sony we can always swap out. Death Stranding should be a full exclusive.
Will this effect sales for PS4 version?
@Ralizah I think that’s probably a good idea, thanks. We don’t know at what point in 2020 it’s releasing so I think I’ll just do that, even though I’m a pleb with a slim PS4 and it might explode.
@nessisonett I'm sure they optimized the game with the vanilla PS4 in mind. Sony has done a pretty good job of making sure games run well on the base system. Although I'm guessing, come next gen, we'll probably start getting gimped ports of next gen games, although them's the breaks when it comes to a generational shift.
That is cool. Whatever gives Kojima's studio more revenue.
As for me. I am really bad at waiting for games I want to play. So still a PS4 Day 1 buy for me like before.
@Jeremydyer yes it will effect them.
agreed with what others have posted here. it is shocking that it is going to pc due to the fact the game is running on a sony proprietety engine. i have no idea why sony would not only publish the game, but also allow its decima engine to be used. if kojima wanted to use the engine, it should remain a ps4 exclusive, no? heh, well this likely means more playstation games are headed to pc in the ps5 generation. at the very least, 2nd party console exclusives are going to become a thing of the past. they were already rare to begin with... this could also be an exception since we are talking about a kojima game here and sony did not want to sour its relations with him. i have a feeling kojima was adament about a pc port and it was a stipulation in his contract. that said, if sony does start releasing its 1st party games on pc, it will not only cut into its sales, especially due to pc piracy, but it will cheapen the playstation brand.
Well that's disappointing I don't care what people think but exclusives do matter in the world of consoles and Xbone it's the perfect example this generation there's no reason to buy one when you can even play some of their games on the Switch
Not really surprised. It was already confirmed back in 2016.
@SoulsBourne128 naw, it wasn't confirmed per say. was just a one-off comment that was mentioned in a vague interview. a lot could have changed since then — the game had barely begun development and that was before kojima selected the decima engine. not a single word was spoken about pc ever since so most people assumed it would not happen.
I'm expecting SONY to buy Kojima studio, though, they would be crazy not to try at least. If you get pc fans on this game and the next one is PS5 exclusive just imagine the boost the PS5 sales can have.
As long as it's till coming to PS5, who cares!
@Porco i'm thinking that kojima indeed always wanted this to be a pc game aswell but sony struck a deal with kojima being,that it would be a timed exclusive for ps4 in exhange that kojima can use the decima engine and bring the game with that engine to pc later.
but this does not mean that more pc games will get that engine. it's just for this 1 game i think.
Colin was right joke
Possibly a glimpse of what the game will look like running on a PS5.
Just preordered the game yesterday. £45 on shopto.
This was obvious. The original deal with Sony included an eventual PC release, it seems that Sony's clever marketing tricked people into forgetting that.
Expected because kojima production is not sony studio, still want to buy the game if the game is good.
@Neolit Chances are they will port to Xbox as well, when next gen comes out.
@Bamila With the Decima engine? Doubt it. It's obviously a console exclusive.
Horizon should definitely be on Steam now as the engine is already been ported to PC anyway. Watch Sony go the MS route and port all of their exclusives to PC 😒
I don't even care. I'm just glad that more people get to experience the title.
Let's be honest, this is just damage control. Kojima recently played Knack for the first time and realised that Death Stranding won't be the best game on our platform. So he changed his plans to target the PC babyrace, because their best game is probably Fortnite lololol. Do whatever you want Kojima, but realise that you've three sales (mine, and my two Twitter followers). Instead I will buy three extra copies of Knack, that'll teach him.
@Stragen8 Yes, Death Stranding is a trademark of Sony interactive entertainment.
No exclusives - no PS5 buy and no recommendations to do so for friends and family. You can hear it right now Sony.
@Darth_Stofi Not only trademark, but copyright (the IP) in the first place is owned by Sony.
I don't care that much that PC gets to have it too, I just care that now PC will benefit from our in house engine built for our exclusives. If he used UE4 there would be no problem here, let's all play this potential masterpiece! But not at the cost of letting our competitors benefit from our engines.
@Neolit Gamefreak is a third party studio too and I don't see advocating of Pokémon going multiplatform at all...
@Bamila a sony published game is never going to xbox.
@Neolit Well, Nintendo surely as hell isn't paying Bandai Namco for all the peiceived losses of Super Smash Bros Ultimate potential sales on PS4, Xbox and PC, because they (Nintendo) own the game and all those IPs and this is enough for it. Same with Astral Chain or Kirby games, which were all developed by third party entities and are only owned by Nintendo as an intelectual property. Truth is this is a common practice used in this industry (and similar others) for decades and that Sony owns Death Stranding in the same vein as Nintendo owns those games mentioned above.
@Juanalf our engine???? I think, we're nothing but sheer consumers mate.
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