Sony's Death Stranding is coming to Microsoft's PC game pass next week

Sony’s Death Stranding is coming to Microsoft’s PC game pass next week

Sam Bridges carries a heavy suitcase on his back, staring at a tripod structure with an inverted rainbow in the background.

Screenshot: 505 games

In a very peculiar state of affairs, exclusive to the PlayStation console, Death Stranding, coming to Microsoft’s PC Game Pass. Subscribers to the latter service will soon be able to fall on a hill at no extra cost.

The news was announced by Microsoft through a nice tweetfeaturing a Sam “Porter Bridges”-a-like with a metal briefcase over an airport, with a sticker reading “DEATH STRANDING – PC GAME PASS – AUGUST 23, 2022.”

The 2019 Sony-published wobbly-man simulator has been available on PC for a few years now, ported eight months after its original release. That was through Italian publisher 505 Games, and it’s this company that made the deal with Kojima Productions to see the game on PC Game Pass.

Although 505 is also a PC version of the Director’s Cut from Death Stranding this year, the game coming to Microsoft’s subscription service is described in a press release as “the original version of Hideo Kojima’s critically acclaimed and genre-defying epic.”

The game, about being Norman Reedus with labyrinthitis [sub: please check] carrying a baby in his throat is universally adored, with Kojima’s outspoken, esoteric approach to game making. It is arguably the world’s most expensive walking simulator, such as main role Sam Porter Bridges is tasked with transporting packages without too much of a drag on them (or himself). And of course there’s a lot of wild supernatural shit going on. This is a Kojima game. The Game Pass version supports all that social beauty to let you indirectly support other players while you’re at it.

Of course, it’s not coming to Xbox’s Game Pass. That would be too much of a break from reality, given that the game hasn’t (and probably never has) been released on Xbox consoles. However, it’s available on Sony’s recently relaunched PS Plus, where you can get both this original version and last year’s Director’s Cut as part of the membership.

This is all happening on August 23, and it’s worth noting that you can subscribe to PC Game Pass for a single dollar for the first month. So, you know, Death Stranding for a dollar is a good deal! (Don’t forget to set that reminder on your phone for a month, to cancel the sub before it rolls over to full price.)

You could imagine Sony being angry, but it’s also worth remembering that the company has been taking steps lately to push more of its content to PC platforms.


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