Hideo Kojima’s next big game, Death Stranding, may be running a bit behind schedule.
While we don’t know much about the progress of Death Stranding—Kojima Productions has never given it an official release date, and only a vague targeted release window—we know that the company has set internal goals for the game’s development. Way back in February 2017, Kojima promised that the game would be out on the PlayStation 4 and would release this generation, not on a future console. In early 2018, Kojima revealed that the game was out of its experimental stage, and was ahead of schedule. Things were still looking good as recently as January, when the Guerrilla Games got a preview of the game’s first two hours.
Now, though, it seems things are slowing down. Shortly after the Guerrilla Games preview, Kojima tweeted that development would still “take a while.” Now, it seems that development has fallen behind target.
“It’s common for studios to fall behind their planned release date, and Death Stranding is very slightly behind our initial plan,” Kojima told Japanese outlet J-Wave (as translated by IGN). “But not by much.”
Kojima did reveal one official target release date early on in development, claiming that the game would be out before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With the game’s planned release date slipping back, we’ll have to see if the game still meets that mark.
Meanwhile, Kojima is still hard at work, telling J-Wave that he’s “holding the controller everyday” and constantly building the game. Hopefully, his hard work will pay off when Death Stranding (eventually) releases on PlayStation 4.