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This article was published on March 2, 2020

Death Stranding is coming to PC and bringing Half-Life content with it

Death Stranding is coming to PC and bringing Half-Life content with it
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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Death Stranding is coming to PC, eight months after its debut on the PS4 last year. Hideo Kojima’s beautiful oddity of a game will arrive on June 2, and it’s bringing along some strange crossover content — namely, from Valve’s Half-Life series.

The PC port will include a new photo mode, much like God of War (albeit in this case the silly facial expressions actually feel marginally closer to being in character). It’ll also support ultrawide monitors. Pre-order content includes an art book, special in-game armor, and a copy of the in-game soundtrack.

[Read: Half-Life: Alyx comes out on March 23. Here are all the compatible headsets.]

So far, so standard for a PC release of a formerly console-exclusive game, yeah? The strange thing is that, for no reason we can see, developers Kojima Productions and publisher 5o5 Games are including content from Half-Life. Seriously, it’s not like the two game series have much in common. One is a bizarre balancing simulator that places a heavy emphasis on bodily fluids, and the other is about a physicist who kills aliens with a crowbar.

And yet… I’m intrigued.

The only point of crossover we know of thus far is that protagonist Sam Bridges will be able to wear a headcrab. Also, it’s not part of the HL crossover, but Sam does look at little Gordon Freeman-ish in his glasses. That’s about it, though, and 505 isn’t giving up any more details. Though I will say, they include the Gravity Gun in game, then let me get a blank check because they can have all of my money.

I don’t know if the impending release of a Half-Life game after so long is the impetus for this otherwise unprompted show of fealty to the ultimate PC gaming franchise. There is a chance that the reason we haven’t seen much of the crossover content so far is because it’s something related to the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx. Then again, Kojima‘s kinda kooky, so for all I know this is him paying tribute to one of gaming’s most storied franchises to accrue some cred for his pet project. Who’s to say? All I know is I’m on board for it.

Death Stranding releases on Steam and the Epic Games Store. One presumes the latter will be devoid of Half-Life content.

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