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Death Stranding joins PC Game Pass next week

Death Stranding
(Image credit: Kojima Productions/505 Games)

Death Stranding is joining PC Game Pass in less than a week. 

Kojima Productions and 505 Games have made the big announcement on the Xbox blog (opens in new tab), revealing that fans can play the strand game through the subscription service on August 23. 

As you're getting the PC version, you've got features like ultrawide mode, photo mode, high frame rate, and cross-over content with the likes of Half-Life to look forward to.

The speculation had been building for a few days, with the PC Game Pass Twitter account (opens in new tab) kicking things into overdrive when it changed its profile picture to depict a derelict wasteland awash with rain. Death Stranding fans immediately likened the tiny image to a part of the game's weathered in-game map. As the Twitter account below noted at the time, the PC Game Pass Twitter account again changed its profile picture to a similar image.

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Those two images sure do look like Death Stranding's beaten and battered depiction of America. You know, the one rife with ghost babies and humans ready to drag protagonist Sam Porter Bridges down to the afterlife so he can then be reborn and emerge brand new on the other side? Yeah, it's a lot.

For those who don't know, the rain is a central theme of Death Stranding. In this post-apocalyptic America, any structure or person hit by rain travels forward in time, having their lifespan basically stolen. This leads buildings to rapidly decay and crumble, and human beings to age at an incredibly rapid pace.

Meanwhile, we're yet to hear anything about Death Stranding 2, which actor Norman Reedus appeared to accidentally confirm earlier this year. 

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.

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