Death Stranding Did Very Well On PC, Earning $27 Million
Kojima's game was able to attract a big PC audience despite launching first on PS4.
Death Stranding first found success as a PS4 exclusive, but the game has evidently done very well on PC, as well. Publisher 505 Games' parent organization Digital Bros has shared the game's impressive revenue figures in its latest financial report, and it dwarfs the company's other games.
For the year ending December 31, 2020, Death Stranding managed to earn more than €23 million, which is over $27 million. This is despite the game only releasing in July of that year, and put it significantly above the company's other major AAA games like Control and Ghostrunner for the year.
However, Control actually performed slightly better back when it came to PC in 2019, making slightly more money in a shorter amount of time. The difference is that Control released on PC at the same time as other platforms, meaning those who wanted to play the game on PC could do so right out of the gate. With Death Stranding, hardcore fans needed to get it on PS4 if they wanted to play right away, reducing their need to get it again when it did come to PC.
PC was Digital Bros' biggest digital platform in 2020, and it wasn't even close. It was responsible for more than 66% of its total digital revenue that year, with the PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo platforms only adding up to about 28% in total.
It remains to be seen what's next for Hideo Kojima and his team. One big change for the next game will be its composer, as veteran Kojima Productions composer Ludvig Forssell left the company in March following a 10-year stint that included work on Death Stranding and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
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