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Death Stranding surpasses 5 million units sold

Kojima Productions celebrates a new milestone as Death Stranding crosses 5 million units sold.


Originally hitting shelves back in 2019, Death Stranding has remained one of the most topical games in the two years following its launch. Last year, Sam Porter Bridges brought his delivery antics to Steam with the PC release of Death Stranding. Later this year, the game’s Director’s Cut will bring it to PS5 with new content and technical enhancements. Ahead of the upcoming launch, it’s been revealed that Death Stranding has now sold 5 million copies worldwide.

Kojima Productions announced the new milestone in a Tweet shared earlier this morning. As of March 2021, Death Stranding has crossed 5 million units sold across the globe. This number includes both PS4 and PC copies of the game. Additionally, Kojima Productions spoke with about the game’s success thus far.

"With Death Stranding being the first title developed out of Kojima Productions, from a sales perspective, it has performed quite well," said Jay Boor, Head of Publishing at Kojima Productions. "As of March 2021, Death Stranding has sold over five million units worldwide on PlayStation 4 and PC." Kojima Productions does not specify how many copies were sold on PC and PS4.

The 5 million units sold milestone is a pretty big one, especially when you consider that Death Stranding was a brand new IP and wasn’t a part of an existing franchise. It’s also likely that these sales will see a decent surge when the Death Stranding Director’s Cut launches later this year.

Death Stranding has sold 5 million copies in less than two years since its release in the Fall of 2019. It’s an impressive outing for Kojima Productions, and will likely be bolstered by the release of Death Stranding Director’s Cut on September 24. For more on everything happening at Kojima Productions, stick with us here at Shacknews.

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    July 26, 2021 9:15 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Death Stranding surpasses 5 million units sold

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        July 26, 2021 6:44 AM

        I think I paid $15 for it.. AUD :\

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        July 26, 2021 7:02 AM

        I find that an interesting number only because Valheim has sold 6.5M at the last number given by the devs. I guess I would have expected Death Stranding to have sold more?

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          July 26, 2021 7:19 AM

          Eh, Valhein blew up big. 6.5 mil for an indie game like that is a LOT.

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          July 26, 2021 7:21 AM

          They're not the same game, even though they appear to be similar.
          Valheim is a multiplayer survival and building game, sells for a half to a third of DS's price.

          DS is a single player game with some weird multiplayer component. The building aspect is not important to the game overall

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          July 26, 2021 7:22 AM

          New ip. A weird one at that - and new genre kinda really. A lot of unknowns with that game. But I had a similar feeling with Control and Among Us at the time; Among Us sold like a billion copies and Control was doing alright but by no stretch a huge success and compared to something so simple as Among Us it was just a tad shocking. Like Among Us’s budget was minuscule compared to something like Control (which was already on a fairly small budget) but the Among Us devs made mountains of money more than Remedy. Made me kind of go 😤

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          July 26, 2021 5:05 PM

          Baldwin was also way cheaper

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        July 26, 2021 7:17 AM

        I bought it twice… :/

        Not because I loved it that much but I wanted to play it on PC instead…

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        July 26, 2021 7:52 AM

        It really sucks that they're not going to be bringing the Director's Cut to PC. At least, not for a long while. Exclusivity agreements suck. 🙁

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        July 26, 2021 7:58 AM

        That’s more than Control, which is weird to me. I get the hype, but…

        Wonder what percentage of owners beat each of these games

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        July 26, 2021 8:02 AM

        I love that even Kojima is surprised he predicted the future again. During that E3 Live thing he did, he was all like "I'm taking a break because I don't want to be right again".


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        July 26, 2021 4:12 PM

        It should have sold more

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          July 26, 2021 9:51 PM

          Remember how contentious people were against it when it came out. Certain influential internet journos, such as the Giant Bomb guys spent months, even before they’d put their hands on it, trashing it mercilessly and every internet gamer bully jumped in with these hot takes. People were surprised when it actually had fun gameplay!! Just saying “why be surprised about good gameplay- it’s Kojima” would stir up huge frenzied threads here.

          Of course, a bunch of the biggest mockers wound up enjoying it, but it could have sold much better without all the weird internet animal pack behavior.

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            July 27, 2021 1:15 AM

            Kojima has a lot of good will with me after MGSV. I don’t even care about his batshit insane stories anymore. Shit’s fun.

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        July 26, 2021 4:22 PM

        I started playing a couple weeks ago and this game is sooo good.

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          July 26, 2021 4:50 PM

          feek yes, outofgas

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          July 27, 2021 12:36 AM

          It was one of those games that I couldn't wait to get home everyday to play more. Those are very rare for me! :(

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        July 26, 2021 4:46 PM

        The eternal question what is the nature of death stranding

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        July 26, 2021 5:01 PM

        I enjoyed the game far more than I thought I would - last 1/3 was a slough though

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        July 26, 2021 5:26 PM

        I was one of those. Although I've only played like 4 hours if that. Hasn't really grabbed me even if it is a good looking game.

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        July 26, 2021 6:27 PM

        I just uninstalled it because I have no time for it. I figured I'd reinstall it once I got a new computer. Kinda chill in some ways, but stressful in others, and weird.

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        July 26, 2021 6:54 PM

        I’m about 30 minutes in and I don’t know yet if it’s incredibly awesome or incredibly silly.

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          July 26, 2021 7:02 PM

          It's both. It can also be incredibly repetitive but I still liked it quite a bit.

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        July 26, 2021 7:50 PM

        Wonder how many people finished it? I sure did not

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      July 26, 2021 11:02 PM

      Awesome! I can't wait for Kojima's next game.

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      July 27, 2021 1:13 AM

      I started playing that yesterday and I find it oddly compelling.

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