After several days of teasers, it has finally been confirmed that Death Stranding will be released on PC Game Pass next week.
Despite being originally published by Sony, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding arrives on Microsoft’s subscription service on August 23. Xbox Wire (opens in new tab)this includes three new gold and silver cosmetic items that will unlock as you progress, along with a ‘Chiral Gold/Omnireflector Sunglasses “Ludens Mask” (color variant)’.
However, this may not be the version of the Death Stranding version you were hoping for. As confirmed via a press release, PC Game Pass subscribers are getting the original edition of Death Stranding, not the expanded Director’s Cut that made its way to PC and PS5.
While no explanation has been provided for this, we speculate that there are potential licensing deals at play with Sony and Kojima Productions. So anyone playing on PC Game Pass will miss out on new combat abilities, items, and other small changes, but Death Stranding is still a robust game.
Not the PC strategy Sony had in mind
Death Stranding on PC Game Pass is certainly a welcome surprise, but if you’re wondering why a Sony-published game made its way onto Microsoft’s subscription service, there’s a simple answer. While Sony has significantly expanded its PC production, most recently including Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, it never published the PC version of Death Stranding, which was managed by 505 Games.
As such, don’t expect this to come to Xbox Game Pass. While Xbox Game Pass UItimate is included with PC Game Pass, the 505 publishing rights only cover the two PC versions, ruling out an Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S appearance. Additionally, Death Stranding and Death Stranding: Director’s Cut were added to the revamped PS Plus in June, available to Extra and Premium Tier subscribers.
Unfortunately, it’s not all great news for Xbox Game Pass this month. Having come to the service nearly a year ago, subscribers are missing out on one of the best roguelike games on August 30th, Hades, alongside nine other games. Still, it’s not like Game Pass subscribers have been left out of stock. Even without Death Stranding, August has a lot more games to come.