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According to Hideo Kojima, don’t call Death Stranding’s Director’s Cut a Director’s Cut.

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For fans of Hideo Kojima’s breakout product from his new video game firm, Death Stranding Director’s Cut provides an expanded playable experience. This special edition of the game was revealed with a cunning Metal Gear Solid wink, and it adds new experiences to the mix when it comes to building bridges and dealing with a variety of existential crises. Despite the fact that the game’s title says “director’s cut,” Kojima does not want fans to think of it that way. He took a slightly different approach to interpret the world around him, in classic Kojima flair.

In a recent Twitter thread, Kojima explained that Death Stranding’s Director’s Cut isn’t exactly what the term “director’s cut” implies; rather, it’s a collection of irregular extensions filtered in for a more comprehensive experience. “In a movie, a director’s cut is an additional edit to a truncated version that was either issued reluctantly because the filmmaker didn’t have the right to edit it or because the running time had to be shortened,” he explained. “What was included in the game was not what was cut, but what was developed in addition. What is Delector’s Plus? As a result, I prefer not to refer to this as a ‘director’s cut.'”

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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

While I didn’t realize it at the time, hearing Hideo Kojima’s commentary reveals that the original game was a director’s cut, as he created it through his own studio and on his own schedule. So, despite the title, this volume contains more than just what was left on the cutting room floor. It’s post-launch DLC packaged as if it were a whole edition.

Whatever you want to name it, this version of the game will be released on September 24th, featuring 60 frames per second on console and additional improvements designed specifically for the PlayStation 5. You can read more about what this specific incarnation of Death Stranding has to offer by visiting our prior article here.

What are your thoughts, dear reader? Is this a director’s cut, and Kojima is simply being Kojima, or does this alter your perception of this label? Let us know what you think in the comments area below!

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