Ever since his ugly divorce with Konami, Hideo Kojima and his team have been hard at work on Death Stranding. Over the years we've seen a handful of baffling (yet intriguing) trailers and a small sampling of actual gameplay, but we still know relatively little about the next project from the creator of Metal Gear.
One of the questions left unanswered is when the game will release. In a recent interview, Kojima himself weighed in, but he didn't exactly clarify things. Speaking with Japanese publication J-Wave, Kojima indicated that Death Stranding is taking a little longer to develop than originally anticipated.
"Many studios lag behind their planned release date, and Death Stranding is slightly behind our initial plan, but it is not too far behind." — Hideo Kojima
So what does this mean for the game's release date? It's hard to say, as Kojima has never exactly announced a solid launch window. The closest we've seen is a 2016 quote where the game was said to be coming "before the Tokyo Olympic Games," which kick off on July 24th, 2020. Does that mean Death Stranding isn't coming until late 2020? Not necessarily. "Before" is a pretty broad window. We don't know what Kojima Productions' internal release target is at this time, but Kojima has never been one to sweat deadlines.