We finally know when Death Stranding is going to unleash it's mind boggling weirdness upon us. On November 8, we'll discover the reason why Guillermo Del Toro has been running from a goo-covered Mads Mikkelsen all this time. However, we may be getting Hideo Kojima's latest bout of insanity at the expense of another highly anticipated game.
The Last Of Us: Part 2 has been heavily rumored to premiere this year as well, but with Death Stranding launching in November, it's possible that we may not see the return of Ellie and her clicker killing ways until next year. This is all according to Jason Schreier of Kotaku, who was one of the first to get the hot tip about Death Stranding's release date. If his sources are anything to go by, it looks like The Last Of Us: Part 2 may not come out until February of 2020.
Looks like Death Stranding is about to get announced for a November release. The Last of Us 2 was also planned for fall 2019 but I actually just heard it got bumped to early 2020, possibly February? Either way, wild final year for PS4 https://t.co/wh6kimA73b— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 29, 2019
It kind of makes sense when you look at it from a financial point of view. Having Death Stranding, a super hyped game from the beloved creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, release at the exact time as the second game in the critically acclaimed Last Of Us series doesn't seem like the smartest move. Both are Playstation exclusives (although Death Stranding may show up on PC), and both are sure to be big sellers. If they come out together, they could end up hurting each others' sales.
Of course, there would be many who would buy both of the games right away, but not everyone has that kind of time or money. So putting Death Stranding out first, and following it up with the second Last Of Us game a few months later is probably the best way to maximize sales for both games. We also don't know if The Last Of Us: Part 2 is fully done its production yet, so perhaps the extra time is going to be used to help give the game a little more polish.
Even though the hype cycle for the Playstation 5 is starting to really gather steam, the Playstation 4's last year or so is looking like it could wind up being pretty stacked. Aside from these two games, there's still Ghosts Of Tsushima, which joins the ever growing genre of cool, Japan-centric, samurai games along with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and the upcoming Nioh 2. There's also the remake of Medievil, the slim possibility of getting Horizon Zero Dawn 2, and the even slimmer possibility of seeing the first part of the Final Fantasy 7 remake. Combined with all the third party releases still to come, the Playstation 4 is looking like it's going to go out with a big bang.
For now, if you wanted to stab some clickers in the eye with some sort of sharp object, you might have to hold on for a little while longer. At least in the meantime, you'll be able to occupy yourself by hanging out with some weird babies, and a very sad Norman Reedus.