Kojima Productions Celebrates Death Stranding's 1 Year Anniversary

Death Stranding is 1 year old as of November 8, 2020.

November 9, 2020

Time flies doesn’t it? And Kojima Productions brought that to the forefront of my late-night thinking yesterday when the studio celebrated its 1-year anniversary since Death Stranding first launched on the PS4.

Taking to Twitter, Kojima Productions shared a tweet featuring a celebratory “high-five” from members of the team alongside the art of Sam Porter Bridges and the text, “1 Year Anniversary”.

“One year ago,  our first developed title Death Stranding launched on PS4,” it reads. The studio thanked fans and encouraged them to share high-fives, keeping with the whole “connected” theme that’s present in the game. Clever.

Kojima Productions was originally a subsidiary of Konami, but was closed back in 2015 and some other complicated business matters that went on around that time. Hideo Kojima, however, started up Kojima Productions as an independent studio later that year in December when he announced a partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment. He also showed off a new logo at that time that has been created by veteran Metal Gear Solid Character, Environment, and Mecha Designer Yoji Shinkawa.

Hideo began working on the studio’s first game, which was revealed in 2016 to be Death Stranding. The reveal trailer featured Norman Reedus cradling a baby in his arms as he sobs. For the years that followed, we were drip-fed information about Death Stranding, but we still didn’t know a whole lot except that the game was to be a PS4 exclusive. Fans went into investigation mode, trying to decipher tweets they believed to be cryptic, celebrities started to announce that they had played the game and sang praise about it, but we still had no idea what the game was about.

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Hideo Kojima in 2016 celebrated the 1-year anniversary of starting Kojima Productions up as an independent studio, and in 2018 he reflected even more on that time. It was in 2019 that we got a PS4 release date for Death Stranding, with the highly-anticipated celebrity cameo-fest title slated to launch on November 8, 2019. The game went on to quickly become the second biggest PS4 title to launch in 2019.

It was then announced that the game would be a PS4 exclusive for a certain period of time, with its exclusivity coming to an end in Summer 2020 when the game was to be launching on PC. While it was confirmed to arrive in June, the coronavirus pandemic saw the launch pushed to July.

The game has been a hugely successful first title for Kojima Productions, and there has been confirmation that the studio is now underway on a brand-new project.

Have you enjoyed the Death Stranding journey? Are you excited to see what games come from the studio next?

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