Death Stranding will release during this console cycle, Hideo Kojima has confirmed.
Because of his partnership with Sony, this means that Death Stranding will be releasing on the PlayStation 4, not the PlayStation 5 or any further iteration of the console (though it’ll likely run just as well or better on the PlayStation 4 Pro).
According to Kojima, speaking on stage at RTX Sydney (as reported by DualShockers), Death Stranding won’t take advantage of the PlayStation VR or, in fact, include any VR capabilities at all.
“At this time, Death Stranding is not a VR game,” Kojima said.
Though Kojima won’t be pushing the limits of Sony’s technology, his partnership with the company comes with other benefits. Kojima explained that though he had many other partnership offers when he first formed Kojima Productions, Sony offered the most creative freedom. Showing a naked Norman Reedus in Death Stranding‘s first trailer, for example, is something that was only possible due to Kojima and Sony’s long working relationship and mutual trust.
At the moment, there’s no definitive word on when Death Stranding will release, though Kojima says a production schedule is already in place with a tentative release date factored in. The news that it’ll be during this console cycle seems to indicate that it’ll be within the next two or three years. The game will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.