Death Stranding 2: Everything we know so far

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Death Stranding 2 is set to launch on PS5 in 2025, and creative director Hideo Kojima has finally confirmed the title of this long-awaited sequel. That's right, in Death Stranding 2: On the Beach we'll be diving back into a strange and unpredictable world beyond the borders of the UCA – a returning Sam Porter Bridges attempting to connect a new population together, all while traversing a world beset by otherworldly enemies, unpredictable conditions, and more challenging environments. 

Death Stranding 2: On the Beach looks far more ambitious than its predecessor, so we're eagerly awaiting to see if this follow-up can capture the energy of the original Death Stranding and surpass what is still considered to be one of the best PS4 games of all time. This isn't the only new game from Hideo Kojima in development either, with OD (Overdose) in production at Xbox (and looking like one of the best upcoming horror games) and Physint – a mysterious new PS5 exclusive that's set to land in the "action espionage" genre

Either way, Death Stranding 2 is one of our most anticipated upcoming PS5 games and we can't wait to see more. To get yourself caught up, keep reading to find everything you need to know about Death Stranding 2: On the Beach. 

Recent updates

Our Death Stranding 2 hub was updated on February 1, 2024, with a release window, new screenshots, and new story details.

Death Stranding 2 release window confirmed

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The Death Stranding release date hasn't been announced just yet, although Kojima Productions has confirmed that it'll release in 2025. The developer has also confirmed that the full official title for this new PS5 exclusive is Death Stranding 2: On the Beach – we'll need to wait until next year to find out what exactly that means. 

Death Stranding 2 platforms

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Death Stranding 2 has been confirmed for PS5, and Kojima Productions is yet to reveal whether it will arrive on other platforms. When Death Stranding launched in 2019, it did so as a PS4 exclusive. Publisher 505 Games later helped bring Death Stranding to PC in 2020, while Death Stranding: Director's Cut was later brought to PS5 and PC Game Pass. Were we to speculate for a second: It's highly likely that Death Stranding 2 is being developed as a PS5 exclusive, given how heavily involved PlayStation Studios is with its production, but there is every chance that it will come to PC eventually – given how heavily Sony continues to invest in the space outside of the core PlayStation ecosystem. 

Death Stranding 2 trailer

Kojima Productions revealed the first Death Stranding 2 trailer at The Game Awards 2022. The four-minute long teaser trailer didn't show any direct gameplay, but it did give us a sense of how the world and characters have changed since Sam Porter Bridges removed his Cuff links and severed his connection with the Bridges corporation. Naturally, there's a lot to unpack in here, and Death Stranding 2 director Hideo Kojima teases that "You've just seen the trailer and I've put a lot of things inside, so I want you to talk about it and find details in it."

Death Stranding 2 screenshots

With these new Death Stranding 2 screenshots, you can get a better look than ever before at the weird, dangerous world that Kojima Productions is crafting for this long-awaited sequel. While the natural draw is some of the A-list talent Hideo Kojima has drawn to this project, these screenshots also show off some of the larger than life environments and combat encounters we'll experience in the final game. Be sure to scroll through the gallery above to see them all. 

Death Stranding 2 engine

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Death Stranding 2 will be powered by Decima, the proprietary game engine created by Guerrilla Games. The studio's engine is behind Horizon Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West, and the original Death Stranding, and has helped set new benchmarks for visual fidelity and the implementation of high-dynamic-range lighting on PS4 and PS5. It has been confirmed that while Kojima Productions is leading development of Death Stranding 2, Guerrilla will support the studio for all things Decima. The Performance Capture seen in the Death Stranding 2 trailer was completed with assistance from the PlayStation Studios Visual Arts group, with the uncannily realistic digital humans powered by Epic Games' MetaHuman technology. 

Death Stranding 2 cast

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Hideo Kojima has announced the first run of actors set to form the Death Stranding 2 cast. As with the original game, Death Stranding 2 is packed with talent from across the video game and film industries. While Kojima Productions is yet to unveil the full cast, we know that Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, and Troy Baker are returning following their first outing in 2019, while Elle Fanning (Super 8), Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2), and director George Miller are joining the cast in unknown roles.

  • Norman Reedus (Sam Porter Bridges)
  • Lea Seydoux (Fragile)
  • Troy Baker (Higgs Monaghan)
  • Elle Fanning (TBC)
  • Shioli Kutsuna (TBC)
  • George Miller (TBC)

Death Stranding 2 story

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Should we have connected? That's the prevailing message of the first Death Stranding 2 trailers, and there's so many weird and wonderful things happening throughout its four-minute runtime that you'll twist your mind in knots trying to figure it all out. We see what appears to be an older Sam Porter, a fully-healed Fragile, and an extinction entity cult whose leader is wearing Amelie's necklace and haircut, and hiding their face with Higgs' signature death mask. 

There's mention of a new private corporation, APAC (Automated Public Assistance Company), more overt nautical themes, and a potential Fragile Express replacement called Drawbridge – which incorporates both a 'rope' and 'stick' motif. There's also very real indications that we'll be dealing with multiple alternate realities connected via the beach, with potential variants of Sam Porter, BB, Lou, Fragile, and others to contend with. Let's be honest, we'll be unpicking all of this for months (if not years) to come. 

But here's something we do know with 100% certainty: Hideo Kojima scrapped the entire story after the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at The Game Awards 2022, the director and writer said this of the Death Stranding 2 story: "I had the story written before the pandemic. But after experiencing the pandemic, I just rewrote the whole story from scratch." Kojima then added this comment with a smile, speaking to his uncanny ability to predict events through games like Metal Gear Solid 2 and Death Stranding, "I also didn't want to predict any more futures, so I rewrote it."  

The version of the Death Stranding 2 story remains a closely guarded secret then, although Kojima Productions has given us a hint of what's to come: "In Death Stranding 2: On the Beath, embark on an inspiring mission of human connection beyond the UCA. Sam – with companions by his side –sets out on a new journey to save humanity from extinction. Join them as they traverse a world beset by otherworldly enemies, obstacles, and a haunting question: should we have connected?"

Here's why we hope that Death Stranding 2 is a smarter, leaner adventure than its predecessor – with a wider focus on exploration and social connection.

Josh West
Editor-in-Chief, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar+. He has over 15 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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