Kojima Productions today announced sales of Death Stranding have surpassed the five million mark worldwide as of March 2021. That figure accounts for both the PlayStation 4 and PC versions ahead of Death Stranding Director's Cut, releasing on PS5 in September. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, head of publishing Jay Boor said: "With Death Stranding being the first title developed out of Kojima Productions, from a sales perspective, it has performed quite well."
This is the first official sales statistic attached to Hideo Kojima's latest outing since its release in November 2019, with all we've had to work with in the past being a minor quote out of a translated Japanese interview last year. At the time, Death Stranding was considered a sales success after recouping "enough profit to be ready for the next title". Now we know sales have topped five million.
Compared to other titles developed, funded, and supported under Sony's wing, it doesn't stack up quite as well. We know Horizon Zero Dawn sold through 10 million copies as of February 2019, Ghost of Tsushima has already topped 6.5 million sales, and the recent Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales has web-slung 4.1 million units to PS5 and PS4 owners. The latter will obviously increase as more PS5 stock is made available since most people seem to want to experience the spin-off on Sony's latest hardware. Death Stranding is a very different beast compared to these other games, though, of course.