Kojima Productions has announced an impressive milestone on the third anniversary of the release of Death Stranding, which, along with Death Stranding Director's Cut, has seen 10 million players step into the battered boots of protagonist Sam Porter Bridges.
Death Stranding was first launched on PlayStation 4 on 8th November 2019 and made its way to PC on 14th July 2020. The enhanced Director's Cut got a native PS5 port, which came to the platform on 24th September 2021, and this version, too, came to PC earlier this year, on 30th March 2022. It's worth noting that the 10 million number takes into account players able to access the game as part of subscription services like PlayStation Plus and PC Game Pass, which, not to take anything away from the achievement, is likely a significant number.
With such a strong reception, a sequel seems inevitable, and speculation has hit a fever pitch in recent days. It's especially impressive when you consider the nature of the game, a post-apocalyptic delivery simulator with a mechanical focus on simply walking, an act that most gamers take entirely for granted. Then consider the fact that the game launched on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic and featured themes that we would all come to know too well, such as isolation and a longing for connectivity.
Did you play Death Stranding? Are you surprised that a hardcore walking simulator could put up such impressive numbers? Remember to lift with your knees in the comments section below.