Death Stranding on PC: everything we know


Kojima Productions’ cargo delivery action game Death Stranding is coming to PC this summer. This is exciting, particularly for those Metal Gear Solid fans curious to know what series director Hideo Kojima would do outside of Konami and away from the series that made him famous. The answer, turns out, is a game about reconnecting a post-apocalyptic world with packages and jar babies.

Here’s everything you need to know about Death Stranding, including when you can expect to play it on PC.

When is Death Stranding’s PC release date?

Death Stranding is coming to PC on July 14, 2020 on both Steam and the Epic Games Store.

The release was originally planned for June of 2020 but got pushed back a month due to the coronavirus pandemic as many other releases have been this year.

What is Death Stranding anyway?

Good question! Kojima Productions founder and Death Stranding director Hideo Kojima has a penchant for mystery and obfuscation—just look at the MGS5 trailers. True to form, this was the world’s first look at Death Stranding, back at E3 2016.

These cryptic trailers would continue for years, but eventually, we learned that Death Stranding is a strange mix of hiking simulation, sci-fi mysticism, and stealth action. The short version? It’s a third-person action game in which you play as Sam Porter Bridges, a freelance deliveryman who travels across a conglomerate of North American cities that are trying to rebuild after the collapse of civilisation. 

Making his job more difficult are the spectral apparitions known as BTs—or beached things—which are connected to a series of supernatural events that wiped out most fo the population, known collectively as the Death Stranding. The BTs roaming the continent make normal travel a death sentence. Trekking even a few miles can be a death sentence. That’s where porters come in: delivery workers who take on the risk and evade BT detection.

We played Death Stranding PC, and it’s looking great

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Andy has already been digging into Death Stranding on PC and is already impressed with the quality of the port. “In terms of performance, the game runs well on my PC. That’s with an RTX 2080 Super, 16GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i7-9700K, running at 4K/60 fps. I’ve had no frame drops or frame pacing issues during play, and everything feels deliciously smooth and snappy.”

It’s an impressive showing for the DECIMA engine, the same tech that Horizon: Zero Dawn’s upcoming PC port will run on. Andy also appreciated how well the game maps to a keyboard and mouse, though he prefers the precise movement gained from a gamepad.

Oh yeah, what’s with the jar baby?

Death Stranding BB trailer

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That’s BB, or Bridge Baby—a baby that’s been taken from the “still-mothers” located in the capital city of the United Cities of America. The important thing here is that BBs connect porters to the world of the dead, giving them to sense BTs through the Odradek (that little robotic arm on Sam’s shoulder in-game). Think of BB like a radar of sorts.

Periodically the baby needs to be synchronised with an incubator that updates the data of its mothers womb, which is one of those sentences I never expected I’d write. Your BB can also get distressed if Sam takes a bad fall, at which point you can soothe him by gently rocking the controller.

Will Death Stranding have any PC-specific features?

Kojima Productions has announced a few features, including a new photo mode and a “high frame rate”. If the Death Stranding PC port is really up to snuff, we should get more graphics options, prettier textures, and a completely unlocked framerate. The game is a stunner (even on a base PS4), so its visual potential on PC is vast.

Check out the PC release date trailer.

See Death Stranding’s new Photo Mode in action

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Hideo Kojima recently shared a short video showing off the types of shots players can achieve with Death Stranding’s upcoming photo mode, which is launching alongside the PC version in June. The photo mode has a standard set of features like filters and frames, but you can apparently change Sam’s expressions as well.

Check out the latest Death Stranding screenshots

We’ve gotten a look at some exclusive new Death Stranding Screenshots including some of the Valve-related goodies. 

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Here are Death Stranding’s PC system requirements

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel® Core i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD Radeon RX 560 4 GB
  • DirectX 12
  • HDD: 80GB
  • Sound cards: DirectX compatible 

Recommended for 60fps

  • OS: WIndows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon RX 590
  • DirectX 12
  • HDD: 80GB
  • Sound cards: DirectX compatible

Death Stranding

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Death Stranding will have Denuvo DRM on PC

When it comes to PC, Death Stranding will include the notorious Denuvo anti-tamper software included. Other games have had Denuvo removed after launch when it’s inevitably cracked by motivated pirates. That could happen with Death Stranding. Or it may not. What we know for sure is that it will be packed in on June 2nd.

A Death Stranding sequel wouldn’t be a direct follow-up

In an interview with Vulture, Kojima said that a theoretical sequel to Death Stranding probably wouldn’t be a direct follow-up. If Kojima Productions was to start work on a sequel, it would “start from zero.” That could mean a completely different story with a new cast of characters. Though, Kojima said that we would like to work with Norman Reedus again.

It’s fun to speculate about what this really means for a sequel, but it sounds like Kojima himself is just as unsure about what form it would take.

Death Stranding trailers

Before its release last year, Death Stranding went on quite the streak of mind-bending trailers that left viewers equal parts baffled and intrigued. We’ve gathered them below, if you’ve somehow missed them over the years.

The Game Awards 2016

The Game Awards 2017

Release Date 2019

Ludens Fan Character Spotlight

Mama Character Spotlight

Briefing Trailer

Launch Trailer

Be careful with this trailer, which was unveiled just ahead of the console release. Multiple reviewers have suggested that it actually spoils many of the game’s biggest surprises.

Life is imitating art

If you thought 2020’s year of social distancing was already giving off Death Stranding vibes, consider also this powered exoskeleton that Chinese delivery app Ele.me tested in April. According to the tweet, the exoskeleton allows the wearer to haul up to 110 pounds without breaking a sweat.

It’s a neat contraption to watch in action. If you look closely, you can imagine how it’d feel to be the courier. You can feel the weight on your back, but its burden is being completely absorbed by the skeleton.

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