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Death Stranding PC Pre-Orders Are Available Now
You can now pre-order the game on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Hideo Kojima's first major project since parting ways with Konami and the Metal Gear series in 2015 after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is Death Stranding, a game that's been kept mysterious right up until launch but has left plenty of fans intrigued. Although it's published by Sony on PS4, it's also coming to PC next summer, and you can pre-order it now on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
The PS4 version is out now, and while fans are just now hopping into the United Cities of America, reviews hit a week ago, letting fans know what to expect. Reviews of Death Stranding have been divisive across outlets, but our own Kallie Plagge gave it a 9/10 in our Death Stranding review.
"Death Stranding is a hard game to absorb," she wrote. "There are many intertwining threads to its plot, and silly names, corny moments, and heavy exposition belie an otherwise very simple message. That comes through much more clearly in the game's more mundane moments, when you find a desperately-needed ladder left behind by another player or receive a letter from an NPC thanking you for your efforts. It's positive without ignoring pain; in fact, it argues in both its story and its gameplay that adversity itself is what makes things worth doing and life worth living. It's a game that requires patience, compassion, and love, and it's also one we really need right now."
With the game launching today, the Death Stranding pre-order bonuses are likely gone at this point. You can still get $70 the special editions, however, as well as the $200 Collector's edition, which includes some physical goodies, if you act quickly. The Death Stranding pre-order bonuses for securing a copy ahead of November 8 were mostly gold-tinted versions of items you can get in-game through other means, along with some PSN avatars and a PS4 theme.
Death Stranding pre-order bonuses
If you were able to do so before launch, pre-ordering Death Stranding on PS4 got you a Chibi Ludens PSN avatar and a Death Stranding dynamic theme for your PS4 as system-level pre-order bonuses. A pre-order also got you special gold versions of various in-game items, though you have to unlock them through gameplay. Those include:
- Gold "Sam" sunglasses
- Gold hat
- Gold Speed Skeleton (boosts Sam's movement speed when equipped)
- Gold armor plate (boosts Sam's protection against any damage)
Death Stranding standard edition (PS4)
The standard edition comes with just the base game, plus any applicable Death Stranding pre-order bonuses listed above. We've yet to confirm whether these bonuses will come with the Steam and Epic Games Store versions of the game.
- Get it at Amazon -- $60
- Get it at GameStop -- $60
- Get it at Best Buy -- $60
- Get it at Target -- $60
- Get it at Walmart -- $60
- Get it at PlayStation Store -- $60
Death Stranding standard Edition (PC)
Death Stranding Special edition
As for other editions of Death Stranding, you have handful to choose from. First up, there's the Special edition, which comes with the base game in a collectible steelbook case, plus any Death Stranding pre-order bonuses. You'll also receive a special a gold version of the "Ludens Mask" sunglasses (earned through gameplay), as well as the album Death Stranding: Timefall (Original Music from the World of Death Stranding), which comes with a digital download of the album and a behind-the-scenes making-of digital video.
- Get it at Best Buy -- $70
- Get it at Target -- $70
- Get it at Amazon -- $70
- Get it at Walmart -- $70
- Get it at GameStop -- $70
Death Stranding Digital Deluxe edition
You can only get the Death Stranding Digital Deluxe edition from the PlayStation Store. It comes with everything from the Special edition (including the Death Stranding pre-order bonuses), as well as some additional gold items unlocked through gameplay: a gold power skeleton that lets Sam carry more cargo on his back, a gold all-terrain skeleton that helps Sam balance on slopes, snow, and other rough terrain, and a level-2 gold armor plate that gives Sam increased protection against falls, gunfire, and more. You'll also get 10 PSN character avatars.
- Get it at PlayStation Store -- $80
Death Stranding Collector's edition
Finally, Death Stranding will have a Collector's edition you can get for $200 at a handful of retailers. It comes with all of the Death Stranding pre-order bonuses, everything offered in the Digital Deluxe edition and the special-edition steelbook, and adds a life-sized BB Pod statue (naturally), a Bridges cargo case, and Ludens keychain.
Update: The Collector's edition is currently back in stock at Best Buy. It will likely sell out quickly, so grab your copy ASAP if you want to pre-order Death Stranding before launch.
- Get it at Best Buy -- $200
Get it at GameStop -- $200 Get it at Target -- $200 Get it at Amazon -- $200
Death Stranding Limited Edition PS4 Pro bundle
The last way to get the game is The Death Stranding PS4 Pro Limited Edition bundle, which was announced during September 24's State of Play. It comes with everything you need to play Death Stranding on its November 8 launch date: a PS4 Pro adorned with oil-stained handprints, a translucent yellow controller that kinda looks like pee, and a physical copy of the game.
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