Death Stranding is Playable on the PS4; Not Long Before First Tease of the Game in Action

Death Stranding is Playable on the PS4; Not Long Before First Tease of the Game in Action

Sony's Shawn Layden provides an encouraging update on the development of Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding.

Hideo Kojima’s next game Death Stranding, which skipped E3 this year, is apparently already playable on the PS4, though in what kinda state is unclear.

Death Stranding was first announced during Sony’s E3 2016 presser by Kojima-san and his studio Kojima Productions. Being developed exclusively for the PS4, it is poised to be the first game from the legendary game director — who most notably created the iconic Metal Gear franchise — and his now independent company following the 2015 disbandment of Kojima Productions as a subsidiary of Konami. The game is apparently slated to release sometime before 2019, though personally I have my doubts.

All of that being said,  Shawn Layden President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA) and Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios recently sat down with the Telegraph and revealed an interesting tidbit about the game: it’s playable. Layden specifically says the following to the outlet in regard to the project:

“It’s up and running. It’s been aided tremendously after Kojima-san decided to co-opt the Decima Engine from Guerrilla Games. And, gosh, that really gave him a leg up to get up and running and test it and have some prototype levels running. I have actually played some of it.”

However, right after saying the above, Layden dashes any hopes that the title is perhaps much further along than expected, confirming that it’s still in its early days. Further, when asked if the title will live up to the hype that surrounds Hideo Kojima games, Layden responded with the following:

“All that and more!” Of course, it’s still clearly early days for the project, with work only beginning in earnest this year. With the Horizon: Zero Dawn engine already established, though, we shouldn’t have to wait too long to get our first tease of the title in action.”

Perhaps the most exciting and interesting news here is at the very end: and that’s Layden’s declaration that the first tease of the title in action — presumably our first look at the actual gameplay — won’t be too long of a wait. PSX 2017 anybody? E3 2018? We will have to wait and see.