July 9, 2021 user

Kojima’s Vision Realized, But More This Time

The latest offering from the twisted mind of Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding has certainly been a controversial title since its launch back in 2019. Love it or hate it, it’s been a huge success both critically and financially – it even took home COGconnected’s Game Of The Year 2019 award! We found out recently that Kojima wasn’t quite finished with Death Stranding yet, and now we’ve got a solid idea of what the upcoming Director’s Cut entails.

In a PlayStation Blog post coinciding with today’s State Of Play event, Kojima Productions’ Head of Publishing outlined what’s coming in the Director’s Cut. First up, Friend Play and Leaderboards, two online features that are mentioned but not elaborated on, with a promise of more information “coming soon”.

Along with online features, there’ll also be brand-new weapons, vehicles and equipment added to the game, including mounted machine guns and the electrifying Maser Gun. You’ll be able to test out these new toys in the new Firing Range mode, where you’ll be able to use any of the game’s weapons in a sharpshooting test.

Another new game mode that’s coming is the Fragile Circuit, a Formula One-style racing event where you can take the wheel and race a wide range of vehicles on a multitude of different tracks throughout the world of Death Stranding in exchange for medals. In fact, vehicles are somewhat of a focus in the Director’s Cut, with two other new pieces of vehicle content on the way: The Buddy Bot, a robot companion who you can ride on, and the ability to place Jump Ramps that’ll let you catch some air in the game’s assorted cars, bikes and other modes of transport.

However, it’s not all new content – Death Stranding’s notoriously difficult UI is getting an upgrade that’ll hopefully be a bit easier to comprehend this time around.

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut will launch on PlayStation 5 on September 24, 2021. Owners of Death Stranding on PS4 will be able to upgrade to the PS5 Director’s Cut edition for just $10.

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