Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima’s first project as an independent director, is still quite far from its release. Except that it’s launching on the PlayStation 4, not much is known about the game. In a recent interview with Japanese radio station J-Wave, director Kojima stated that Death Stranding is “slightly” behind schedule.
As reported by VG247, the interview took place earlier today. Shortly after, a portion of it was translated and shared on ResetEra. In the interview, the founder of Kojima Productions discussed the development status of Death Stranding.
“Many studios lag behind their planned release date, and Death Stranding is slightly behind our initial plan, but it is not too far behind,” states Kojima.
In the world of gaming, this is a fairly common occurrence. Delays happen, and Kojima doesn’t seem to be bothered by lagging development. The veteran developer believes that working under a deadline shouldn’t compromise the quality of the project.
Death Stranding was announced during E3 2016. Since then, a handful of pre-release gameplay screenshots and trailers have been shared. However, there is still no sign of a release date. Not much is known about the details of the game. We know from past interviews and cryptic tweets that Death Standing is an open world action game with multiplayer elements. Kojima hasn’t revealed the exact genre, but the developer has made a comparison to Metal Gear Solid.
While a delay is never a good sign, it’s a relief to finally receive an official update on the title’s development status. Last week, developer Kojima Productions filed for two new trademarks in Japan. The “Social Strand System” and “Strand Game” trademarks likely reference the multiplayer aspect of Death Stranding.
As for the release date and platform, rumors claim that Death Stranding is due for release sometime in 2019. Additionally, the game is reportedly a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but there is still no concrete information.