Death Stranding has gone gold, online won’t require PlayStation Plus

In case there were any doubts that Death Stranding was nothing more than fever dream or some kind of elaborate Kojima stunt, the game has finally “gone gold”.


In other words, Death Stranding is now in a playable disc-based state. Here’s our main man Hideo Kojima with the gold master copy in hand, looking equal parts proud and relieved.

There’s also a team shot there of the Kojima Productions crew (it’s almost as if there was more than one human working on the game or something).

To celebrate, we’re chowing down on a 8-pack of our favourite McVitie’s bars. Or biscuits, if you prefer. It’s not an argument we want to get into, really.

Since it was originally revealed at E3 2016 – several months after Kojima’s high profile departure from Konami – the Metal Gear mastermind has kept gamers guessing as to what exactly Death Stranding is. With November 6th looming, the game has slowly come into focus as we learn more about Sam Bridges (played by The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus) and his journey across America to unite its isolated cities.

Kojima has been touting Death Stranding as completely new video game experience, referring to it as the first title in the “social strand” genre. In broader strokes, this is a third person action game that has a predominant focus on environmental exploration, no doubt sandwiched between some hefty, highly polished cutscenes.

Death Stranding will also connect its players, allowing them to effectively share the same world without actually meeting face to face. As spotted by MP1st, the limited edition Death Stranding PlayStation 4 Pro bundle packaging states that you won’t need an active PlayStation Plus subscription in order to access the game’s online features.

The bundle itself includes a PlayStation 4 Pro console in black and white with a Death Stranding hand print motif painted on the top side. It also comes bundled with a translucent yellow DualShock 4 controller as well as a copy of the game itself. This package is currently being sold via GAME for a pricey £379.99.

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