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Death Stranding will use the same engine as Horizon: Zero Dawn

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Death Stranding using Horizon Zero Dawn engine

Death Stranding was formally revealed back at E3 earlier this year – a time when Hideo Kojima and Sony hadn’t yet even decided on an engine for his first independent title. Shortly after the show Kojima and Sony’s Mark Cerny set out on a trip to visit multiple studios, shopping around for technology that could help bring the ambition present in the trailer to life. Their decision was made rather quickly. but it’s only thanks to PSX that we now know which it’s using. And given that Horizon: Zero Dawn is around the corner, we’re close to seeing it in action too.

Hideo Kojima and developers Guerrilla Games have partnered up to help power Death Stranding using the Decima Engine – the same tech that is powering the open-world beauty that is Horizon: Zero Dawn in February. During a panel at PSX, Kojima says that the moment he saw the engine in action, he knew it was a fit. The engine is built for open-world design with high asset detailing, two facets of game design that Kojima rarely compromises on.

“It has to be technology and people, they cannot be separate. From the first moment I met Guerrilla I had a good feeling about this,” Kojima said during the panel.

Guerrilla Games were so excited to be collaborating with the Metal Gear designer that they even allowed him to take home a copy of the engine source code before any documents were signed. Kojima and his team at Kojima Productions will now likely repurpose some elements of the engine to fit their game, with some support from the Horizon developers themselves. That’s already started in a way, with Kojima using a glass walled conference room to test realistic lighting with imported assets from the recent trailer.

The results are just a little unsettling.

Death Stranding using Horizon Zero Dawn engine 3

Death Stranding using Horizon Zero Dawn engine 2

Death Stranding is still years off (I’d wager no earlier than 2019), but it’s still exciting to see Kojima gearing up like this. Free of Konami’s shackles, it’s time to really see what he’s made of.

Last Updated: December 5, 2016


  1. Very impressive!


  2. Andre Fourie

    December 5, 2016 at 12:05

    This might be good.


  3. Andre Fourie

    December 5, 2016 at 12:08

    Not a peep yet about the free Titanfall weekend? Weird.


    • Fox1 - Retro

      December 5, 2016 at 14:20

      It was mentioned here on Friday I’m sure.


      • Andre Fourie

        December 5, 2016 at 14:29

        Yes, I saw. Just thought anyone might have had any thoughts on how it went etc.


  4. BakedBagel

    December 5, 2016 at 12:39

    This is the reason why i would purchase a console.


    • Kromas Ryder

      December 5, 2016 at 12:57

      Buying a console again for The Last of Us part2. May actually not sell it a month later like what I did to the PS3 and TLOU just because of this game.


      • BakedBagel

        December 6, 2016 at 13:50

        I bought a 360 because of GTAV before the PC release, it was actually worth it in the end lol


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