Hideo Kojima has confessed that he’s not actually a fan of the moniker for the upcoming expanded PlayStation 5 release of Death Stranding: Director’s Cut.
In a couple of tweets on his official English-language account, Kojima seems to imply the name wasn’t entirely his first choice. He said “A director’s cut in a movie is an additional edit to a shortened version that was either released reluctantly because the director did not have the right to edit it, or because the running time had to be shortened.” He continued: “In the game, it is not what was cut, but what was additionally produced that was included. (Director’s) Plus? So, in my opinion, I don’t like to call “director’s cut”.
Perhaps it’s understandable that the name Death Stranding: Director’s Plus was vetoed, purely because it’s not something we’ve heard before. But to be fair, the new version seems slightly more fully featured than your average upgrade, with new missions and new content that even includes a Fragile Circuit racing mini-game. All this, plus the expected graphical upgrade with a Performance Mode with upscaled 4K at 60FPS and a Fidelity Mode with a native 4K and HDR support. Maybe we could’ve suggested something like Death Stranding: Extended Edition?
Regardless, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut will launch on PlayStation 5 on September 24, 2021 and will also be available as a $10 upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version.
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