Death Stranding is joining PC Game Pass in less than a week.
Kojima Productions and 505 Games have made the big announcement on the Xbox blog (opens in new tab), revealing that fans can play the strand game through the subscription service on August 23.
As you’re getting the PC version, you’ve got features like ultrawide mode, photo mode, high frame rate, and cross-over content with the likes of Half-Life to look forward to.
The speculation had been building for a few days, with the PC Game Pass Twitter account (opens in new tab) kicking things into overdrive when it changed its profile picture to depict a derelict wasteland awash with rain. Death Stranding fans immediately likened the tiny image to a part of the game’s weathered in-game map. As the Twitter account below noted at the time, the PC Game Pass Twitter account again changed its profile picture to a similar image.
Update: the PC Game Pass Twitter account has changed its profile pic again pic.twitter.com/sb9OI6I4QCAugust 18, 2022
Those two images sure do look like Death Stranding’s beaten and battered depiction of America. You know, the one rife with ghost babies and humans ready to drag protagonist Sam Porter Bridges down to the afterlife so he can then be reborn and emerge brand new on the other side? Yeah, it’s a lot.
For those who don’t know, the rain is a central theme of Death Stranding. In this post-apocalyptic America, any structure or person hit by rain travels forward in time, having their lifespan basically stolen. This leads buildings to rapidly decay and crumble, and human beings to age at an incredibly rapid pace.
Meanwhile, we’re yet to hear anything about Death Stranding 2, which actor Norman Reedus appeared to accidentally confirm earlier this year.