Gamescom 2021 brought with it a number of exciting announcements and trailers. This included a very long trailer for the upcoming PS5 expansion to Kojima Production’s Death Stranding. This list discusses the 8 most anticipated Death Stranding Director’s Cut features that were showcased.
With the arrival of the next-gen consoles, several games have received fancy updates that bring impressive upgrades to visuals and performance. For some games like The Last of Us Part II and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the upgrades have come in the form of free patches. Other games, however, offer more robust, paid upgrades that come with additional content to justify the price tag. Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is such an example which added Iki Island to an already expansive game.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut is a paid PS5 upgrade to Kojima Production’s highly eccentric 2019 game. The game will receive upscaled 4K visuals at 60FPS. Interestingly, it will also offer ultra widescreen support. There is also plenty of content and features lined up that are sure to attract new players, and have seasoned deliverers returning.
8. Combat Training
There is no denying that Death Stranding is a beautiful game. Although it is set in a post-apocalyptic world, the environments presented are often breathtakingly gorgeous. There are green fields to remind Sam that nature is not entirely dead yet, and there are sublime mountain ranges that seem insurmountably huge.
As beautiful as the world is, however, there are still several dangers lurking. When the timefall starts pouring, you better be cautious because it could mean BTs are coming your way. When you are not dealing with beings from the realm of the dead, you also have to contend with terrorists and Mules who are armed and wish to rob you of your cargo.
To survive against these enemies, you will have to be swift with your guns. To aid you with this, Death Stranding Director’s Cut will feature new facilities with basements where you can engage in combat training. After a little time here, never again will you miss that Mule you are aiming at.
Combat training also gives you the opportunity to compete to beat high scores, giving you an extra reason to hone your skills.
7. Buddy Bot
The world of Death Stranding is one teeming with interesting technology. One of the most curious pieces of tech you come across is the Delivery Bot, a headless companion bot that can make deliveries autonomously.
Delivery Bots are a great asset because they can make smaller deliveries while you sort out the more serious missions. By delegating deliveries to Delivery Bots, you can also save yourself on time, resources, and energy.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut takes Delivery Bots to new levels by introducing Buddy Bots. You will be able to bring a Buddy Bot along with you when making deliveries. This will be useful when you want to lighten the load and give a bit of your cargo to your robot friend to carry. If you are feeling particularly tired, you can sit on your Buddy Bot and enjoy the ride as it does all the work.
With Buddy Bot beside you, deliveries will not be so lonely anymore.
6. Cargo Catapult
A core aspect of Death Stranding’s gameplay lies with how it induces an introspective, almost meditative experience. As Sam journeys through the unforgiving terrain on his quest to reunite America, he has nothing but beautiful scenery and the sound of nature to keep him company.
An integral part of the experience for you, the player, involves enduring the struggles of negotiating the rough landscape and making the long deliveries without damaging your cargo. Although it can be a slow, arduous process at times, the feeling of satisfaction at the end makes it all worth it.
While the slow gameplay does set Death Stranding apart from most other games, sometimes you have just got to get things done fast. Fortunately, the director’s cut will be bringing catapults to help make long distance deliveries faster and easier.
The catapult will certainly make time sensitive deliveries easier, and it will open more creative ways to make sure everybody gets their loot on time.
Early on in Death Stranding, most of your deliveries are made via walking. It is a taxing process but it has to be done if America is going to be reunited. As you progress, fortunately, you gain access to better tools that allow you forego walking and take of advantage of technology.
Building roads is easily one of the best things you can do to make your deliveries easier. Once you have roads laid down, you can begin using vehicles to make your deliveries smoothly. Vehicles let Sam save his energy and allow him to carry plenty more cargo.
As we all know, vehicles are not just for transportation. Sometimes, it is fun to go fast just for the thrills. You can engage in these thrills in Death Stranding Director’s Cut thanks to the inclusion of racetracks that will allow you to put the pedal to the metal. You can also compete against players around the world to set the best lap times.
Although this is an anticipated feature, driving in the game can be awkward and clunky at times. Therefore, fingers are crossed that the handling of vehicles is improved for racing in the PS5 upgrade of the game.
4. New Weapons
Despite being a game about making deliveries, Death Stranding features a startling array of guns. The gun you are most likely to use with the greatest frequency is the bola gun, which shoots out rope and ties down your enemies without killing them. There is also the anti-BT handgun, which uses Sam’s blood to thwart any BTs that come his way.
Your more traditional weapons also make an appearance, including assault rifles, grenade launchers, handguns, and shotguns, to name a few.
With the upcoming PS5 upgrade, you can expect an expansion of the already vast range of weapons. This includes the maser gun. It has a few different functions, including the ability to stun enemies. Armed with new weapons, Sam is sure to make light work of any Mules foolish enough to try to stop him.
With most games, the addition of new weapons would be reason enough to justify the purchase of DLC. However, with Death Stranding Director’s Cut, it is just the tip of the iceberg of all the new content added.
Although plenty of Death Stranding’s map consists of pleasant, picturesque meadows, there are also rough mountains. Some deliveries have Sam trekking up great heights, forcing him to climb mountains until he is facing snowy landscapes.
Mountainous terrains are quite dangerous. Every step could have Sam plummeting down and destroying his precious cargo. This problem is not limited to mountains. Fissures, cliffs, and tall buildings all offer the opportunity for Sam to go tumbling to his doom.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut promises to bring a host of tools to help make deliveries easier. A lot of the new additions displayed in the trailer show great promise for helping Sam get through the rougher portions of his deliveries.
One of the new additions are stabilizers. This convenient gadget has thrusters which allow it to function a bit like a jetpack and reduce the impact of landing when jumping from higher areas. No more will a nasty cliff cost you your perfect delivery if you have your stabilizers equipped.
2. New Music
Music plays a big part of the overall feel of Death Stranding. The game just would not be what it is without the atmospheric tunes of Low Roar coming on at just the right moment. It is clear that the playlist was carefully orchestrated to complement the feelings that the game tries to evoke.
As good as the soundtrack is, for most of the game it is entirely inaccessible. Unless you are near a structure that can play music, or you are hanging out in a safe house. This is likely an artistic choice, because the silence you are faced with during deliveries does produce its own interesting effect. However, some players did take to the internet to voice their wish for some kind of music player to use during deliveries.
As was revealed in the trailer for Death Stranding Director’s Cut, eight new songs have been added to the game. This will mean plenty of great new music to add to the overall feel of the game’s world. However, it seems like enjoyment of the music will once again be confined to scripted scenes and safe houses.
Regardless, if the new music additions are anything as good as Low Roar, they will all be very welcome.
1. New Missions
Perhaps the biggest addition Death Stranding Director’s Cut brings is a number of new missions. Although details are still sparse, the trailer did reveal action delivery mission with a soundtrack that eerily resembled what Kojima fans would have heard from the Metal Gear Solid series.
That is not where the Metal Gear Solid comparisons end, however. The trailer also has Sam sneaking around indoor environments and making use of stealth in true MGS style. While Death Stranding may not be MGS6, it seems the game will be drawing a lot from the series.
For those who may have had trouble getting that platinum trophy, the inclusion of more mission will provide more opportunities to make deliveries and get those delivery stats up. And if you thought you had seen everything the game has to offer, a new set of missions will surely prove you wrong.
— 小島秀夫 (@Kojima_Hideo) August 26, 2021
As a next-gen upgrade, Death Stranding Director’s Cut is packing plenty of content. There is something to please both newcomers and gamers who have put in over a hundred hours into this phenomenal, unique title.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut releases on the 24th of September, 2021 on PS5.