Death Stranding Typo Sparks Improbable Xbox One Launch Rumor

An unfortunate typo sparked an improbable rumor that Death Stranding will receive a surprise Xbox One launch. | Source: Sony/YouTube (i), Jeramey Lende/ (ii). Image Edited by

  • Although Death Stranding is seemingly a PS4 console exclusive, a new Target ad advertises an Xbox version of the game.
  • Even more strangely, GameStop also has a page for the game that mentions Xbox One.
  • They’re likely just typos, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from circulating that Hideo Kojima’s latest title will receive a secret Xbox One release.

The release of Death Stranding is just a few days away, but a new retail ad sparked rumors that the game will debut on more consoles than just the PlayStation 4 on Nov. 8.

The latest weekly ad from Target shows off Death Stranding coming out next Friday for $59.99. That’s no surprise, but the platforms (plural) it’s launching on are. According to this ad, the game will be releasing on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One next week.

Leak or Typo? Target Advertises Xbox One Version of Death Stranding

As of this writing, there’s been no word from Kojima Productions, the developer of Death Stranding, about an Xbox One version. Considering that, it’s strange that Target would list it as being available for the gaming console.

This trend unexpectedly continues when checking for the game via GameStop. When searching for “Death Stranding GameStop” on Google, the website link lists it as available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It also shows up like this in the browser tab information on the website.

Strangely, GameStop also mentions the Xbox One on its Death Stranding page. | Source: Google/GameStop/CCN

Don’t Get Your Hopes up, Xbox One Fans

Is there something these retailers know about Death Stranding that no one else does? Is it possible that Kojima is going to shock everyone by shadow dropping the game on Xbox One at the same time it comes out on PlayStation 4?

Honestly, that’s incredibly unlikely. The more reasonable explanation is that this is just a blunder on Target’s and GameStop’s part. That would make much more sense than the game getting a surprise release on Xbox One. Especially since there have been no other leaks about an Xbox One version and reviews are already out.

It’s not impossible for Death Stranding to come to Xbox One – we are getting a PC release after all – but it probably won’t be anytime soon.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:13 PM

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