Hideo Kojima is not happy with the name “Death Stranding: Director’s Cut”, noting that there was nothing removed from the original iteration.
According to Kojima, he believes that the term “Death Stranding: Director’s Cut” is a misnomer. As a film buff himself, he knows the difference. What he’s offering in this version of the game and the original are quite distinct.
Kojima believes game improvements are not “director’s cut”
A director’s cut of a movie pertains to a version of the media as the director intended. In much of visual media, especially movies, the original cut does not come out as it was. Usually, executive meddling and editorial decisions get in the way of directorial intent.
In the game, it is not what was cut, but what was additionally produced that was included. Delector's Plus? So, in my opinion, I don't like to call "director's cut".
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) July 12, 2021
In a tweet, Hideo Kojima was critical of this difference. The title that Sony picked for the game seems to not work for his sensibilities. Considering Kojima is both an auteur and a cinephile, he is particular with this detail.
“A director’s cut in a movie is an additional edit to a shortened version that was either released reluctantly because the director did not have the right to edit it, or because the running time had to be shortened,” said Kojima.
“In the game, it is not what was cut, but what was additionally produced that was included. Delector’s Plus? So, in my opinion, I don’t like to call ‘director’s cut’.”
New features improve an already great game
Death Stranding: Director’s Cut is not simply restoring authorial intent into the game. The entire title will have some handy quality of life changes too.
“Death Stranding Director’s Cut is packed with a ton of new content and enhanced gameplay features,” said Jay Boor, Head of Publishing for Kojima Productions.
“We are introducing more weapons, equipment and vehicles, a variety of new modes, missions and areas to explore, expanded storylines, and enhancements to the UI. We will also be adding new online features including Friend Play and Leaderboards, more news on that coming soon!”
With that said, the game works more as an enhanced edition than a director’s cut. Its additional content makes it much more enjoyable than ever before.
“The new content isn’t simply bolted on either, it’s been carefully woven into the core game experience and will be made available through discovery as you play,” added Boor. “Most of the new content is fairly easy to find, though there are some bits and pieces that will take some time to find and unlock.”
Death Stranding: Director’s Cut is a PS5 exclusive. For those who own the game on the PS4, they can go next-gen for an additional $10.
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