Death Stranding - MGS box

Geoff Keighley’s BFF Hideo Kojima popped by the Summer Game Fest livestream to announce the upcoming release of Death Stranding: Director’s Cut for PS5.

The trailer was, in typical Kojima fashion, an overly long, self-indulgent, mostly boring if you’re not a Kojima Stan, nod and wink to himself and all of his greatness. It went on for what seemed like forever, only to offer nothing much by way of any actual information. It was basically a teaser trailer for a full trailer and reveal set to drop in the coming weeks.

As a fan of Death Stranding, one who didn’t actually finish the campaign, I have been looking for a good excuse to jump back into the game in an attempt to finally see the credits roll. And this seems like as good of an impetus as any, especially considering it is slated for PS5 (with no other platforms yet announced). And I just so happen to have a PS5.

That being said, this feels like less of a new-gen-free-upgrade-if-you-own-the-PS4-version, and more like a full-priced- because-it’s-the-Director’s-Cut release. If the latter is the case, I will be passing on the chance to experience a new-gen, presumably superior version of Death Stranding, even though the concept does seem appealing. I just can’t justify this as a $70 purchase. I just can’t.

This is truly a shame, but as much as I enjoyed what I played when I originally bought Death Stranding for full price, it is certainly not a buy-again-at-full-price-because-it-looks-better kind of game. At least not in my book.

But this is all just speculation, mostly born of cynicism from years as a gaming enthusiast and consumer. Death Stranding certainly could be a free upgrade for owners of the PS4 version. I guess we’ll find out more once the full reveal hits in the coming weeks.

You can check out the trailer below. You’ll have to excuse me now because I think I just broke the hyphen key on my keyboard.

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