DEATH STRANDING: Director’s Cut on PC is the best version of Kojima’s creation

By Brian Crecente

Video game auteur Hideo Kojima and his team are delighted with the reaction to DEATH STRANDING, but they want to get the game into as many hands as possible.

“The game has been highly praised by many people who have played DEATH STRANDING over the past two years, who have found it to be a unique experience,” said Yoshikazu Matsuhana, the game’s producer. “We are very pleased to see that the game has achieved exactly what Hideo Kojima and his team wanted to deliver to the world in terms of storytelling and gameplay.”

And that’s where DEATH STRANDING: Director’s Cut on PC comes in. The Director’s Cut leap to computer brings with it new tools and equipment for players to experience, a firing range, racetrack, extra missions, and more story.

Most notably, the new Ruined Factory location is a treacherous underground compound packed with fresh dangers. Melee combat in the game has also been supercharged with enhanced moves like the dropkick, and–of course–the game features improved graphics empowered by new tech.

“We want to bring this experience to as many people as possible who have not yet played the game,” Matsuhana said. “This game is a perfect example of what we have prepared for that purpose.”

The improvement to graphics, in particular, is bound to have a huge impact on the experience because it’s through those graphics that players will experience the game’s epic narrative theme, intuitive gameplay, and puzzle-solving elements, he said.

“How realistic, smooth, and how wide the final output is, makes a big difference in the immersive experience for the player. Even if each improvement is small, we hope that players will feel the new user experience that results from all of it.”

Matsuhana believes this version, arriving this month, will find a big audience, despite the title already selling more than five million copies.

“How you make the delivery, is the core element of this game, and does not necessarily have one single answer that is correct,” he said. “The course you select and how it's approached are up to the player. We believe that the new elements added this time will allow those who have already played the game to create a completely different strategy and experience a different sense of play. And for new players who have heard of the title before but have missed the opportunity to get their hands on it, the increased freedom and reworked balance in the early stages of the game make this the perfect time to start playing.”
Death Stranding Sam Bridges

In DEATH STRANDING, players take control of Sam Porter Bridges (voiced by Norman Reedus), a courier who spends his days delivering supplies to isolated colonies in a future United States following a cataclysmic event that awakened a strange, otherworldly presence. While making deliveries, Bridges is also tasked with connecting these isolated communities with one another through a communications system.

Arriving initially to the PlayStation 4 in 2019, just months before COVID-19 spread around the world and kicked off an almost unheralded global quarantine, DEATH STRANDING coincidentally touches on some of the same issues of isolation most in the world have been struggling with since.

Clearly, the timing wasn’t planned, but it certainly impacted those who play it now. Matsuhana said the very real isolation that has encroached on everyone’s lives is truly regrettable.Death Stranding Walking

“However, it can be said that this global pandemic was an opportunity for the whole world to realize the importance of such things that were taken for granted,” he said. “I hope that DEATH STRANDING brings these trends to light, and that it will serve as a catalyst for people around the world to think about the problems of isolation and the bonds between people.”

If you haven’t had a chance to play DEATH STRANDING yet, or simply want to play this newly improved and expanded version, you can find it in the Epic Games Store.

DEATH STRANDING: Director’s Cut includes:

  1. Selections from The Art of DEATH STRANDING digital book
  2. Backpack patches, Bridges Special Delivery Team Suit (Gold)
  3. BB pod customization (Chiral Gold)
  4. Power Gloves (Gold)
  5. Bridges Special Delivery Team Suit (Silver)
  6. BB pod customization (Omnireflector)
  7. Power Gloves (Silver)