Hideo Kojima, the creator and director of the forthcoming video game Death Stranding, confirms that the title is not going to be a virtual reality release.
Ever since its reveal with a trailer at E3 2016, Death Stranding has been somewhat of an enigma for most gaming fans who have been following along with the production process of the next video game from Hideo Kojima. Considering the fact that the title was only announced several months ago, Kojima Productions has yet to fully flesh out exactly what the game will contain, but Kojima has been able to say that it won’t be a horror game, nor will it be a VR release.
While speaking this week during RTX Sydney (via DualShockers), Hideo Kojima discussed some elements of the forthcoming game from his production company, with the director being asked if the title will contain any virtual reality elements, leading the Metal Gear creator to say, “At this time, Death Stranding is not a VR game.” Of course, with Kojima qualifying that the release is currently not VR-capable, it does leave open the possibility of a virtual reality component being introduced post-launch.
As it happens, prior to the announcement of Death Stranding as Hideo Kojima’s next official project, Kojima expressed interest in making a VR game, leading many to wonder whether or not he would use the as-then-unveiled game as his debut work for the medium of virtual reality gaming. However, it seems as if the creator intends on making a solid game first and foremost without having to worry about developing for the burgeoning technology.
As far as the current status of Death Stranding‘s production process is concerned, Hideo Kojima also used RTX Sydney to say that the open world, story-driven game will offer players a “large degree of freedom.” The director went on to add that the team at Kojima Productions is presently working on game logic and doing tests on various systems on the framework, with the focus of 2017 being on filling out the game world and adding on to the foundation built so far.
Bearing all of this in mind, it seems as if Death Stranding is still in the early stages of development, with Kojima Productions putting all of its energy into laying the groundwork for what’s to come. With any luck, fans will be given an even better idea about Death Stranding in 2017 beyond the cryptic tidbits of information doled out by Kojima and the trippy, mysterious footage found within the title’s gameplay trailer featuring Guillermo del Toro and Mads Mikkelsen.
Death Stranding is currently in development for PlayStation 4.