Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding is no longer listed as a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and that’s okay.

The lead up to Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has been alluring and equally as bewildering. Despite not fully understanding how the game plays or how the themes will be presented, many of us were under the assumption that Kojima Production’s latest outing would be a PlayStation exclusive. That doesn’t seem to be the case, and may never have been the case. While exclusives are important, this could really benefit Kojima Productions.

Yesterday, a ResetEra user discovered that Death Stranding had been recently removed from the list of exclusives on PlayStation’s website. Previously, Death Stranding was listed alongside other PS4 exclusives like Days Gone, Doki Doki Universe and Driveclub. As we get closer to the November 8th release, surely more gamers will asking if Death Stranding truly is exclusive.

The answer is likely no. Death Stranding was originally announced as a console exclusive PlayStation 4, and there was mention of a PC port. Although SIE has provided funding for Death Stranding, Kojima Productions is not a first-party studio. This may allow Kojima to bring his game to PC platforms, contract permitting, even though his game is being developed with Guerrilla Games’ Decima Engine.

The title is planned to become available on PC (after PS4).

In a now-archived Q&A posted on Medium from 2015, Sony’s Pat Poet announced the partnership and development of the untitled game that would become Death Stranding. One question reads: “What other platforms will Kojima’s first independent title be available on, besides PS4?” It was met with Poet’s response: “The title is planned to become available on PC (after PS4).”

So while Death Stranding’s trailers have ended with the PS4 logo and trademarks, it appears that Kojima Productions’s upcoming game could get a PC port.

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Steve's Take

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Releasing Death Stranding on PC means a whole new set of eyes get the opportunity to peel the layers back on Kojima’s latest project. Although, it comes at a cost of resources and time in order to have the game playable on another platform. Playing Death Stranding on PC could also bring improved visuals if running on a higher-end device—more so than what the PS4 Pro could provide. Kojima has a new studio, on a new IP, so it’s crucial to get out and flex those development muscles to as many players as possible.

Exclusives also play a huge part in the success of a console. They shape the console’s catalogue and help raise the bar to set a standard.

It’s hard to argue the impact exclusivity can provide a game, especially on PS4. Look at the reception and sales of Insomniac’s Spider-Man. Despite not launching on other platforms, Spider-Man became the best selling superhero game in the US and sold over nine million copies since launch. Exclusives also play a huge part in the success of a console. They shape the console’s catalogue and help raise the bar to set a standard. When you look at Sony’s line of exclusives, you know you’re going to get a quality experience.

The word exclusive has been losing its meaning for quite some time. Whenever I hear the term thrown around, I immediately have to wonder if it’s a timed-exclusive, a console-exclusive, or if it is a traditional exclusive. It’s murky territory and in Death Stranding’s case, I wouldn’t blame anyone for believing PlayStation 4 was the only place the game would be playable.

The bottom line is that launching on PC could be beneficial for Kojima Productions. Plus, if you’re solely a PS4 player, you can rest assured that as long Kojima remains on schedule, you can grab your DualShock 4 and dive in on November 8th.