When it comes to huge upcoming releases, Death Stranding is still a mystery. Although we have a lot of information about the game to go around with – even though most of them are merely theories -, the game itself is as cryptic as can be. Regarding its launch, a renown analyst expects the game to be released on both Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 as the “middle ground” from one generation to another.
A few days ago, Amazon UK has listed Death Stranding on their website, with a generic placeholder and a release date of March 2019. After a day, the release date has been changed to 2030, giving fans a headache and a minor “heart attack”. In reality, it won’t be so long before we get to see Death Stranding released. Hideo Kojima himself revealed that he expects it to launch before summer 2020 and information coming from Sony reveal that they haven’t seen a game being developed as fast as this one.
In addition to all this information, comes a report from GamingBolt, who recently had a talk with industry analyst, Michael Pachter of the firm Wedbush Securities. Amongst others, Pachter expects Death Stranding to be a Cross-Generation title from Playstation 4 to 5. This comes to no surprise as Sony is amidst “generation changing”, with the next console being speculated to release in 2020. He stated:
“It’s hard to know with Sony. Their [E3 2018] showcase was really hard to figure out, and they didn’t talk at all. My bias is that they [the PS5] will also launch in 2020, so no reason to announce any current generation exclusives other than the ones announced so far. Death Stranding will likely be a cross-generation title.”
Wouldn’t it be a shame for games like Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima to be released on Playstation 4 with a life cycle of only a year or less? Sony won’t leave this to chance, possibly releasing those, and more titles, on both consoles. Another theory (and possible leak from a few months ago) is that Playstation 5 will ship with backwards compatibility with Playstation 4, giving players access to their favorite games on the next console as well.