Monday, March 23, 2020

Death Stranding Rumored to Have Missed Sales Targets

According to recent report, Sony is disappointed with overall sales of Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding.

Without a doubt, open-world action strand game Death Stranding from developer Kojima Productions and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment was one of the highly anticipated games of 2019 for players on PlayStation 4.

Not only have this game divided player community over whether to call this an absolute masterpiece or an ambiguously boring experience, even Sony is a bit disappointed at its sales, according to a forum posting in ResetEra.

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Death Stranding Rumored to Have Missed Sales Targets

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A moderator on ResetEra forum known as Dusk Golem, who usually Tweets stuff about horror games have shared some new information that after sales of Death Stranding has been quite a letdown following initial launch window.

Sony had some high hopes for its sales number after release but the game failed to reach many of their speculated milestones. Moreover, there are currently more than 3 million unsold copies still lying around in their warehouses.

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Death Stranding is arguably considered one of the most divisive titles in recent years and there was some trouble during its development period. DS had a mixed reception from both critics and players, dividing over their own opinions.

Sony expected a much darker take, resembling to more horror-esque experience but upon disagreement with game director Hideo Kojima, the game was softly rebooted only a year and a half before launch to rush development.

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A Darker Experience

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Besides, Sony Worldwide Studios was not very happy with how much money Kojima Productions were spending for Death Stranding and their differences has eventually led the game end up not being a PlayStation 5 title after all.

Dusk Golem clarifies at start that he has no solid source at hand right now to verify these claims and warns everyone to take it with a grain of salt. However, a few of his threads actually line up nicely to some related speculation from earlier.

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Despite a lack of return on investment in their recent endeavor, Sony is still eager to continue partnership with Kojima as they struck a deal with Konami lately to work on Silent Hill series reboot that would require a smaller budget.

Developing a horror game from well-known franchise would cost a lot less and associating with Kojima's name would create a spike of hype among fans and would be a huge seller for PlayStation brand to make enough financial return.

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Throughout this month, the game has seen a 25% price drop at many retail shops, which has dropped even lower this week. Amazon and Walmart stores are currently selling it for $29.99 only to get rid of warehouse inventory fast.

Unlike major exclusives like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn or Marvel's Spider-Man, no milestone for Death Stranding was shared by Sony on social media so far and it even struggled to stay on top of sales charts after release.