After being teased literally all week long, Death Stranding has finally been announced as coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC, making it the second originally Sony published title to hit the service.
It’s an odd plane of video game existence to see a Sony published title arrive on Xbox’s steamroller of a subscription service. With the special delivery of Death Stranding to the service happening on August 23rd, this makes the second originally Sony published game series to hit Xbox Game Pass outside of MLB The Show. It’s a let-down to Xbox console owners, however, considering it will only be available for PC.
505 Games, a global publisher responsible for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Terraria, and Control was tasked with the port of the Norman Reedus starring title, bringing Sam “Porter” Bridges to the Xbox ecosystem for the first time ever. The genre-bending Death Stranding is far more than a simple ‘walking post office simulator,’ and has been well received by critics since its launch back in 2019.
The CGMagazine review of Kojima Production’s debut title says “Death Stranding is a special game, one that continues to move the industry forward in its design and narrative, while not being afraid to shy away from traditional game mechanics,” which is almost par for the course on legendary Director Hideo Kojima titles.
On top of the exciting announcement, the Social Strand System will also be making its way to Xbox Game Pass for PC, allowing fans to interact with each other akin to the methods employed by the FromSoftware title Elden Ring. Players can contribute to other Sam Bridges helmed worlds with their resources, and receive help in turn, by strategically placing structures that can allow easier traversal of the desolate terrain.
Death Stranding arrives on Xbox Game Pass for PC on August 23rd, and there is no announcement so far on whether it will EVER come to the Xbox series of consoles, or whether the Director’s Cut will arrive either.