Death Stranding Director’s Cut launches on PS5 September 24, 2021

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Death Stranding Director’s Cut launches on PS5 September 24, 2021

Details on PS5 features, cross-save and upgrade paths for PS4 players.

Hello everyone! It is with great pleasure that today, Kojima Productions can officially announce Death Stranding Director’s Cut is in development and will arrive on the PlayStation 5 console on September 24, 2021.

(Edit 8/18/21: Revised ‘PlayStation 5 Features’ section with more information on picture modes)

Death Stranding Director’s Cut is the definitive experience

Featuring the unique Social Strand System which allows players to stay connected with other players from around the globe*, Death Stranding Director’s Cut will enable players to experience Death Stranding, the genre-defying open world action-adventure game starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner, fully remastered and expanded for PS5 consoles.  

Death Stranding Director’s Cut launches on PS5 September 24, 2021

Tomorrow is in your hands

In the future, a mysterious event known as the death stranding has opened a doorway between the living and the dead, leading to creatures from the afterlife roaming the fallen world marred by a desolate society.

As Sam Bridges, your mission is to deliver hope to humanity by connecting the last survivors of a decimated America.

Can you reunite the shattered world, one step at a time?

New Delivery Order! Enhanced and expanded content

Death Stranding Director’s Cut is packed with a ton of new content and enhanced gameplay features. We are introducing more weapons, equipment and vehicles, a variety of new modes, missions and areas to explore, expanded storylines, and enhancements to the UI. We will also be adding new online features including Friend Play and Leaderboards, more news on that coming soon!

Today however, I wanted to take this time to clear up a few things that have been floating around following our teaser release during Summer Games Fest back on June 10 … if you didn’t see it, check it out here…

Death Stranding Director’s Cut launches on PS5 September 24, 2021

For starters, the content that we’re introducing to Death Stranding Director’s Cut was all built and developed from the ground up, following the launch of the original Death Stranding. Everything from the Firing Range area, to the additional missions, to the all-new Fragile Circuit racing mode, the aim was to introduce new content that would further expand the world within Death Stranding while enhancing the core game experience.

The new content isn’t simply bolted on either, it’s been carefully woven into the core game experience and will be made available through discovery as you play. Most of the new content is fairly easy to find, though there are some bits and pieces that will take some time to find and unlock. Although I can’t really go into too much detail about the new missions and extended storyline at this point, what I can share is that a few hints have been added to the latest trailer we’ve released that give a few clues as to what you can expect – we’ll have more to share on that in the weeks to come – though I can confirm now that all the Half-Life and Cyberpunk 2077 content introduced to the PC version of Death Stranding will also be available in Death Stranding Director’s Cut.

PorterS, Thank you 4 your contribution!

Before we get into the PS5 features, wanted to also confirm to the many Porters who have either just made their first delivery, or you’re off building loads of structures to help other Porters – Unite the Divided! – PlayStation 4 console save data will be transferable. We wanted to ensure that players, no matter where they are in their journey, could pick back up relatively in the same area as they left off when playing the PS4™ version, while also enabling players who have already completed the game the ability to jump to the areas where new content and equipment can be discovered.

PlayStation 5 features

  • Experience environment effects with the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback.
  • Get closer to the world of Death Stranding with bespoke adaptive trigger resistance.
  • Hear sound effects come to life in 3D Audio (requires compatible headphones).
  • Get into the action quickly with the PS5 console’s ultra-fast SSD and near-instant load times.
  • Choose from two picture modes – performance mode with scaled 4K and up to 60FPS or fidelity mode in native 4K -both with HDR support**, so you can enjoy stunningly clear graphics and advanced texture streaming.
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut offers a Widescreen Mode for an ultra-wide play experience, using the console’s standard 16:9 aspect ratio to display letterboxed gameplay equivalent to 21:9 aspect ratio.

Upgrade path defined

If you already own the PS4 version of Death Stranding, you can get the PS5 Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade for only [$10, €10]. This option will be available at launch.

Buy any version of Death Stranding for PS4 to get the Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade for PS5 for the same price mentioned above.***

Let’s stay connected

Before we close things out, on behalf of the entire Kojima Productions studio, I wanted to say THANK YOU to the PlayStation community for all the support you have given us over the years. You contribute so much; from sharing fan art, cos-player outfits and photomode shots, to delivering helpful hints and tips to new Porters, all of these efforts not only help us stay connected, they also continue to inspire us here at the studio as well. So again, we sincerely thank you.

I hope you enjoyed the official reveal of Death Stranding Director’s Cut.

There is a lot more to come in a few weeks’ time, so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @KojiPro2015_EN and stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements coming from Kojima Productions.

For more information on Death Stranding Director’s Cut, please be sure to visit the game’s official page at PlayStation Store.

In the meantime, thanks again for stopping by, stay safe and keep on keeping on!

*Internet and account for PlayStation™Network required
**4K and HDR require a 4K & HDR compatible TV or display.
***Owners of a PS4 disc copy must insert the disc into the PS5 every time they want to download or play the PS5 digital version of the game (which you can then play while your PS4 disc is in the drive). PS4 game disc owners who buy the PS5 Digital Edition disc-free console will not be able to get the PS5 version of the game for the discounted price.

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  • Thank you So MUCH. So Excited and getting a Physical Copy Day 1

  • $10!!!! Thank You! What a great way of doing upgrades for Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding. I hope more games get “Director’s Cut” editions

    • “I hope more games get “Director’s Cut” editions” PlayStation fans are a special bunch, sadly.

    • LegoshiBeastMode

      nintendo fans are worse.

    • Illuminat3d_: “i hate fun and people should hate it. insulting theme is truly the most intelligent and correct thing to do!

    • @Illuminat3_ Getting excited for new content is sad now. Get a life loser.

    • If $10 dollars is that much of a issue… then i think you might have other concerns than gaming.

    • Wow what a bunch of ignorant cattle y’all are…you come here to comment and bash the only person who has a clear mind?…the op is literally asking for more recycled games in other words more anti-consumer practices and you attack Illuminat3d_ for mocking those cursed practices?…lol how pathetic.

    • @gama Ahhh hahaha – It’s nearly a fact now, directors cuts/enhanced editions are a cash grab. Those whom are a bit smarter with their money prefer new experiences.

      Don’t be afraid to vent your frustration. 😉

  • 10 bucks is a great deal. I still haven’t played the game on ps4, so I’ll get this and play it on ps5. Will give me a reason to finally give my copy a go.

  • $10 is a really fair price for the upgrade. Thank you so much for that. Can’t wait to play this on PS5

  • That “THANK YOU to the PlayStation community” sounds like a goodbye to the PlayStation community..

    • I don’t think so…

    • It could also be the opposite. They are aware that the rumors of Kojima working on an Xbox title are spreading. Maybe this is a way of reassuring the Playstation fanbase, that it is appreciated and won’t be left behind. It does say “Let’s stay connected”.

      Maybe we shouldn’t read to much into it, but I think it can be interpreted both ways.


  • This game just became accessible, pun intended.

  • Awesome. When will the PS5 upgrade be made available for purchase– on release day?

  • Day One

  • See this is an upgrade that’s much easier to stomach. One price, extra content, PS5 upgrade. Totally onboard with that.

    Not like Ghost of Tsushima where it’s one price for the extra content and another to upgrade to PS5. That just smacked of tacking on an extra charge to force new buyers into the $89.99 CAD retail copies instead of getting a cheaper PS4 copy and upgrading. Should have just been “PS4 people, buy the DC upgrade, get the PS5 version included”

    • Honestly, I really don’t see much of a difference? Both the upgrades are paid for… Except here you get extra content for the upgrade (probably not much). The Ghost of Tsushima DLC will be much more expansive considering the price.

  • Great job! This is handled much better than Ghost of Tsushima for sure, which wasn’t communicated well. Even if this was 15-20$, it still is a great fee.

    Any news about the PC version of Death Standing? Will it get the same upgrade?

  • Haven’t played the game yet so definitely buying it on ps5(when I get one)

  • Awesome, this is a must play for me.

    Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of Kojima Productions on PS5.

  • Looks great! Still think there should be some kind of photo stations scattered around the map, where you could see pictures taken by other players in that area. I think it would make porters even more connected!

  • DarkShadow10209

    Too excellent the upgrade option so comfortable for owners of the PS4 version. Without a doubt one of the best games of the past generation for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Cannonball_Jones

    Ultra-wide support on PS5? That has to be an error, right?

  • Can you expand on what online Friend Play means? Thanks!

  • Can we get a reversible cover art? I dont like this one at all, the original artwork was way better. Am I the only one?

  • Exactly what I was hoping for! :D
    Also I didn’t know the PS5 supported ultra wide screen, I don’t have a display like that but that’s cool.

  • Wow wow wow! Hold on! Is the ultra wide support correct? If that’s the case this is FANTASTIC news! I really this will become a common feature on PS5.

  • thunder-lord_35

    What a surprise, they add ultrawide support, I can’t wait to see how this will turn out, and maybe more PS games will support this in the future, I hope.

  • So what about ps4 users? This game launched as a ps4 “exclusive” title. Then launched on pc with content that never came to ps4. And now this new content won’t be available either? It looks like the word “exclusive” has lost its meaning… No reason purchasing on day 1. Rather wait, check the available platforms, content and discounts. Thank you sony, thank you kojima…

    • It was never an exclusive title to PS4, this was made clear even before launch. It just came out on PS4 first, but the PC version was always planned, and Kojima Productions was very open about this in the pre-launch info. So no, not a PS4 exclusive, it just happened to come out on it first.

    • It is available to you for $10 dollars if you own a PS5 and it includes all the half life and cyberpunk PC content.

    • thanks for sharing and good luck adding 2 more years to the waiting time for KojiPro’s next game until you know you get the best of all available content and discounts. Maybe you should just wait to play it on PS6 after you pick it up in a bargain bin in 2028

  • I feel robbed. The PC version added User Interface improvements like the map filtering and PS4 players are still waiting for such simple QoL updates. I won’t buy a PS5 only for this! I bought my PS4 in the middle of the generation, and I might simply skip this new generation. Sony is working hard to discourage us from buying games. Soon, everything will be in the cloud like Netflix, but we’ll pay monthly fees for things we can’t own. I’m so done with console gaming!

    • PS4 is an almost 8 year old console. Stop expecting them make the same content for PS4 and PS5. If anything, developers are spending too much time making content for the PS4.

    • Honestly, I don’t care that much about the “DLC”. I want feature parity between current PC version and PS4 version. This is dishonest.

    • lmMisterMeeseeks

      I won’t buy a PS5 only for this*

      Nah you won’t buy one only because you can’t find one . That’s all.

    • @ larsn – Lol you do realize this is a PS4 game right?…not expecting devs to make PS4 content for brand new games is a thing but not expecting them to support the original system where the game launched is nonsense.This is a huge anti-consumer practice just like that bs FF7 Intergrade.They’re basically saying “Hey we got new content for that game you bought but if you wanna play it well…go buy a new system.Cuz we are too lazy and lame to release the content where our game originally launched”.

      @ Bowi_QC – Well said mate…considering the amount of stupidity in the Blog comments it’s always nice to see people who aren’t complete numb skulls ready to throw their money at anything labeled “new”.

    • These updates likely make use of a lot of the processing power of the PS5 and the PS4 won’t be able to handle it. The reality of console generations is eventually new content won’t be feasible on the older consoles.

  • This looks great. So much new stuff. Can’t wait to replay this masterpiece. I’ll buy the game again if Sony releases a proper physical version with all the content on disc. If not I’ll take the $10 upgrade path.

  • I owned the Digital Deluxe Edition for Death Stranding PS4 and now I have to buy the Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade Path for 10 dollars?

    • Yes because on the digital deluxe edition listed what it came with when it was released.

      Nowhere did it say any future content or upgrade to next gen console would be free.

    • lmMisterMeeseeks

      The price is pretty cool no ? I mean if you care about new contents and avatars (made by the ones that made the mgs sagas artwork )

    • The avatars look awesome! Really hope they do it for MGS1 too at some point.
      Wasn’t really sold on the superficial content until it said new story content at the end :p

  • LegoshiBeastMode

    looks better than Deathloop.

  • Why does it say “Buy any version of Death Stranding for PS4 to get the Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade for PS5 for the same price mentioned above.” but Sony’s rude ass reps tell me that because I have a disc version, I can’t have the discount to digital deluxe. That’s misleading advertising and pretty crappy that it doesn’t specify this anywhere, not here or on the digital deluxe store page.

    • If anyone is curious, I have the disc version of Death Stranding as part of the PS4 CE. Sony’s reps are refusing to acknowledge their own advertising and keep telling me as a disc owner I’m somehow not entitled to any discount and other stupid excuses even though their own advertising mentions “Buy any version of Death Stranding for PS4”.

      I’d say to wait until the DC is live to upgrade or you’ll forfeit your right to the discount.

    • It’s just not available until launch. Wait until then and you can get the upgrade for $10.

  • If you want to buy a physical copy, is there a deluxe edition? Or is there a digital deluxe upgrade from the standard PS5 version?

  • Day one for me. Just wish PS4 owners could preorder for the $10 now instead of having to wait until release day to upgrade.

  • NinjaRemoteplay

    Thank you more directors cuts first Ghost of Tsushima and now death stranding

  • I made the mistake of preordering the digital version and it charged me $60. I own the digital deluxe version for the PS4. Is there a way to cancel my preorder or will the price adjust and I’ll only pay $10?

  • Two_chicken_soup

    Hello, I have a question.

    On my PS4 I completed the game (5m+ likes, 500 LoL, max level 3 zipline network, etc) and put in a lot of hard work.
    After selling the PS4 I couldn’t continue with my first playthrough on the PS5. Now I’ve started a new playthrough with the same account. My questions:

    1. What happens with all the build structures of my PS4 playthrough?
    2. Is it still possible to retrieve the PS4 saved data and upload it to the PS5? I had the wrong assumption that data was automatically saved :(

    • I think you second question answers the first. If you didn’t backup your save data online then it won’t be available. If you are able to physically track down your old PS4 you could retrieve it. Yes most games automatically upload saves it depends on your settings.

  • Will customization of Sam’s suit, etc be available at the start/mid-game or will it be an end game mechanic again? I did not get to enjoy the customization much because I’m the type of gamer that tries to 100% as much as possible before the final act.

  • Since I own Death Strading digitally on PS4, I have to ‘potentially wait until September 24th’ to buy the Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade for $10 USD.

  • Other director’s cut where’s all the crybabies at 🤣🤣🤣

  • Better than GOT ps5 upgrade.

  • If $10 dollars is that much of a issue… then i think you might have other concerns than gaming.

    • You should focus on you; not what other people are concerned about.

    • You have to see the bigger picture. Of course 10$ isn’t much of an issue by itself, but for every single game you now buy and upgrade. Maybe you only buy two games a year, in which case this is irrelevant at best, but there have been times when I got 6-8 games a month, all at full price, and then those extra 10$ on each of those isn’t going to be “not much of an issue” that much anymore, see? If you look at it practically, that 10$ is already a third or half of what I might spend on a game on sale, although it isn’t much by itself, of course…

  • SocietyOverlord

    Excited to play this game for the first time. But will there be a physical release? Would look great on the shelf next to Ghost of Tsushima directors cut :)

  • “If you already own the PS4 version of Death Stranding, you can get the PS5 Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade for only [$10, €10]”
    What if I own the ps4 disk and I want to upgrade to Director’s Cut Standard edition (PS5)?

    Director’s Cut Standard (PS5)=439TL (50$ usd)
    Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition (PS5)=529TL (61$ usd)

    Thanks for any reply

    • It says above:

      Buy any version of Death Stranding for PS4 to get the Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade for PS5 for the same price mentioned above.***

      ***Owners of a PS4 disc copy must insert the disc into the PS5 every time they want to download or play the PS5 digital version of the game (which you can then play while your PS4 disc is in the drive).

    • Info is about PS4 > PS5 DC Deluxe editon.

      There is no info about PS4 > PS5 DC standard edition.

      Is it possible or not?

    • I don’t think there is an option for the standard edition. No matter which version you own, the upgrade path is always $10 for the PS5 Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition.

  • The game stole the show and $10 is an amazing price!

  • Amazing update to one of my favourite games last gen! Just great news overall and easily the highlight of yesterday’s SoP. For 10 bucks? Crazy. Thanks, Kojima-san and see you in September.

  • Great….I bought the physical game for PS4, but I have a digital PlayStation 5, so no discount for me.

    • I’m going through the same thing. Just wait until the game releases to see if you’re able to upgrade. A lot of people who own the game digitally aren’t seeing the discount, either. I think it’s just Sony’s stupid, backwards store being the problem.

    • The discount won’t be available until launch, as outlined in the article. However the fine print does say the following about people with a disc copy who have the PS5 Digital Edition:

      “PS4 game disc owners who buy the PS5 Digital Edition disc-free console will not be able to get the PS5 version of the game for the discounted price.”

  • These upgrades paths further highlight the most cumbersome, least customer-friendly user interface in the market. Xbox was genius to name it “Smart Delivery”. Because it demonstrates their understanding that such a quality of life feature is desired by gamers. The amount of dots PlayStation customers have to connect in order to get a game they paid for on both the PS4 & the PS5 is ridiculous, and Death Stranding Director’s Cut is the pinnacle of this nonsense.

    Do better, PlayStation. It’s bad enough that your Store on every platform since November 2020 (be that the web, phone app, PS4, and PS5 platforms) went from being among the best places to shop for games to the absolute worst in the industry. Highlighting “upgrade paths” like this one don’t help to change that narrative. Seriously, I don’t know who’s made the decisions that created the Store today, but they need to reverse them all, and replicate exactly the quality of life features that existed before this current debacle came to be.

  • $10 is perect price for directors cut. It’s easy to market ”free updates for all” when nobody bought your game.

    I’d pay $20 for gyro controls though.

  • Sick of these remakes. The developers are wasting their time with these old games, when they could be making new games. Getting very fed-up with these greed tactics in video games.

    • Too late…the virus has already spread and it’s a huge cancer in the gaming industry.I had hopes for this bs of recycled games to end on PS5 since we have bc now but hey of course hollow heads will pay to play in a higher resolution ha cattle will be cattle.BTW if you ever bought a recycled game well you’re part of the problem.

  • BossMustang1970-

    Im not seeing the 10 price you speak of. I only see the 50 and 60 dollar prices when i check the store. An yes i do have Death Stranding (the Special edition i think i was called)

    • “ If you already own the PS4 version of Death Stranding, you can get the PS5 Death Stranding Director’s Cut Digital Deluxe Edition Upgrade for only [$10, €10]. This option will be available at launch.”

      You won’t see the $10 option until launch.

  • So when will the $10 option go up for pre-order on site? Thanks!

  • What if I finish the game? Is there added story content that would only appear through the natural progression of the story? It’s a long game. Don’t know if I’m ready to play it from scratch and rebuild my roads and structures again

  • So lemme get this straight…all that new content shown in the trailer is PS5 exclusive?…no way for the people who bought your damn game on the ORIGINAL SYSTEM THAT IT WAS RELEASED to get it for PS4?…no upgrade options for PS4 version?…not even as paid DLC?…I already regretted pre-ordering this cuz I was too slow to get aware of the impending pc release and got the deluxe edition no less.$80 freakin dollars for you guys to come 1 year and a half later and say “we got new content but go buy a PS5 if you want it” ????…haha and people say this crap is being handled better than Ghost Director’s Cut?…yeah right.Well kojima productions and kojima himself can shove this game where the sun don’t shine,never ever buying something from y’all again unless mad cheap.

    Death Stranding is a brilliant game,one of the best on PS4 but go to hell with these anti-consumer practices.

  • Not sure if anyone else is having this issue, but I own a digital copy of the original Death Stranding on my PS5. When I go into the store, the only options I see for the Director’s Cut are the full price versions for the game (Standard and Digital Deluxe). I’m in Canada, to the extent that’s relevant. Thanks.

    • It launches on September 24, so I assume the upgrade option will be available around that time.

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