Promising photorealistic graphics, 4K support and the same game engine as Horizon Zero Dawn, Death Stranding is one ambitious game. But despite making use of these technical advancements, the game’s creator, veteran game designer Hideo Kojima, says that Death Stranding development is going by quickly.
In an interview with Japanese publication Dengeki, Kojima revealed that Death Stranding has already “surpassed the experiment phase.” The development team at Kojima Productions is now “feeling the response to the new gameplay.”
Kojima explains that compared to the games industry overall, “normally it would take about 3 to 5 years to develop a game with everything already prepared beforehand: organization, human resources, game system, engine, tools, etc.” However, because the development team prepared all of this in parallel with production on the game, the team is “proceeding smoothly” with its schedule. In fact, even Sony has said “We’ve never seen [someone] making [a game] with a pace as fast as this.”
Those looking forward to the game will hope that this means they’ll be able to get their hands on it sooner rather than later. Kojima previously stated that the game will be released before the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympics, but does a smooth development process mean that fans won’t have to wait as long?
More recently, Kojima teased a major announcement about the game during 2018. Following the comments by the veteran game developer, many fans began to speculate that Death Stranding could be released in 2018. That would certainly be unexpected given that most didn’t think that they’d get to play it until 2019 at the earliest. Perhaps the advanced preparation done by the Death Stranding development team will make that 2018 release date a possibility.
Fans will be crossing their fingers for an early release date, but even if that isn’t on the cards many will still be glad to know that the game is being developed without difficulty. Kojima’s previous title, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, was reportedly developed under harsh working conditions. Issues with the game’s budget (publisher Konami is said to have complained about the high cost) and the fact that the game needed to be delayed all contributed to a difficult development process.
If Death Stranding is being developed under much calmer circumstances, then this should be reflected in the game’s quality. Hopefully, fans won’t have too long to experience that for themselves.
Death Stranding is currently in development for PlayStation 4.
Source: Dengeki (via PlayStation Lifestyle)