Kojima would use a different name for the upcoming extended re-release of Death Stranding.
The Director Strand Stranding’s cut the announcement caused a bit of confusion, not so much because of its existence, but because of the name.
As many pointed out at the time, calling the re-release of Death Stranding PS5 Director’s Cut didn’t make much sense, given that Kojima had full creative control over the original release. In fact, it was a matter of leaving the creator behind Konami and Metal Gear and creating something new, beyond the control of the Japanese publisher and his expectations.
It turned out that Kojima actually agreed with this line of thought. In a series of tweets, Kojima explained that he also didn’t like that it was called Director’s Cut.
“The director’s editing in the film is another editing of an abridged version, which was released either reluctantly because the director did not have the right to edit it, or because the running time had to be shortened,” he explained.
“The game does not include what was cut, but what was subsequently made.” [Director’s] Plus? So, in my opinion, I don’t like to say “Director’s Cut.” “
The game does not include what was cut, but what was subsequently made. Delector’s Plus? In my opinion, I don’t like to say “director’s cut”.
– HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) July 12, 2021
Director Strand Stranding’s cut really brings a number of new additions, including improved shooting and melee mechanics, new story missions, and more. Unveiled by developer Kojima Productions clarified that all new content was created for Director’s Cut and was not cut from the original edition.
All of this, of course, begs the question: why didn’t Kojima call it the Plus Director of Stranding Director in the end?
Death Stranding Director’s Cut was announced only for the PS5 and will be released on September 24th.