Kojima Productions’ dystopian delivery adventure Death Stranding gets a new release on PlayStation 5, which will be known as Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. It’s a name you might think Death Stranding game director, writer and designer Hideo Kojima will appreciate, but no. Kojima says that he is not really on board with the concept “Director’s Cut” of Death Stranding, a description that he claims is better reserved for film, especially when it is creatively compromised by outside factors.
“A director’s cut in a movie is an additional edit of an abbreviated version that was either released reluctantly because the director did not have the right to edit it, or because the run time had to be shortened,”
Kojima suggests instead “Director’s Plus”, which sounds very good Hideo Kojima. (Kojima’s tweet actually reads “Delector’s Plus” in English, but the original Japanese-language tweet clearly says “Director’s Plus,” so the translation appears to be a typo.)
The thought process makes sense. Implies that the original version of Death Stranding was not what Kojima himself wanted to release – the game certainly did not seem to have his driving time compromised – feels full. After all, he is the founder and director of the studio that bears his name, Kojima Productions, so any implication that KojiPro brass can inhibit the creative direction of Hideo Kojima seems ridiculous.
Director’s Plus reads like a good enough compromise (although “Plus” means a streaming subscription service in modern languages) and better than “Game of the Year Edition”, an overly liberally used term that really means “We put a code for DLC in this copy. ”
Given Kojima’s penchant for coming up with fantastic prank terms like Transfarring and very descriptive character names like Die-Hardman and Hot Coldman, I think he can do much better than “Director’s Plus.” Whether anyone else will be on board remains to be seen.
Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, if that’s really what you want to call it, comes to PlayStation 5 on September 24th. The new version of the game will include more shipping options (like a catapult!) And racetracks.