Sony Has Stopped Calling ‘Death Stranding’ An Exclusive
Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima's bizarre game about babies in jars and dead whales, is only a few months away and... er, it looks to have stopped being a PlayStation exclusive. This ties into an old press release that said the game would launch on the PlayStation 4 first before seeing a release on PC later. Though, whether this means an official PC announcement is coming soon, it's difficult to say.
Until recently, Death Stranding was included on Sony's official list of PS4 exclusives. The list includes released and unreleased games, and gives you a full sense of what is only available on Sony's console. Resetera user Vestan spotted that as recently as May, Death Stranding was included in that list of exclusives and has since disappeared.
Vestan also points to an official press release put out by Sony when it announced its partnership with Kojima Productions on the (then unrevealed Death Stranding) in which it included a brief Q&A. It included three questions pertinent to exclusivity:
What other platforms will Kojima's first independent title be available on, besides PS4?
The title is planned to become available on PC (after PS4).
How long is the exclusivity?
We are not disclosing details.
Will Kojima's second title (and beyond) not be PlayStation console exclusives?
We announced an agreement regarding Kojima's first title, and SCE cannot comment on titles beyond that.
There hasn't been much of a mention of a PC version since that first announcement but it's removal from the listing on PlayStation's site may be a sign that an official announcement is coming - Geoff Keighley has said there will be a Death Stranding announcement at Gamescom later this month.
While it would be unusual for the PC announcement to be made before the game has launched on PS4, I can think of one reason why it would happen. This is purely speculative but there would be pressure to announce that Death Stranding was coming to PC if Kojima Productions had signed a PC exclusivity contract with Epic Games. Epic Games has already brought previously exclusive to PlayStation games to the PC: Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human, for instance. So it's not without precedent.
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