Last night the official PC game pass The Twitter account has changed his social media profile, which has caused a lot of talk and made everyone a bit dubious about what is going on.
The account, with a message that says “sometimes we just like a good landscape image #newprofilepic” leads you to look at the new icon – which has a landscape apparently reminiscent of Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.
If you click on the image and look past the Game Pass branding, you’ll see a landscape that looks a lot like the Icelandic-inspired landscapes you’ll see in Kojima’s latest sci-fi epic. The tweet below, for example, highlights some of the similarities to the image and what you’ll see in the PlayStation and PC-only game.
But could this really be a hint that Death Stranding is coming to Game Pass? Is it a nod to Death Stranding, and maybe not some quirky Starfield promo, or something like that? Could it be related to Hellblade 2? If so, why did only the PC side of the Game Pass account change its icon?
You might think the idea of Death Stranding – one of Sony’s most notable PlayStation exclusives of the last generation – coming to Game Pass is far-fetched. Why would Sony put cards straight into the hands of its former rival, so to speak? But that wouldn’t be the first time this has happened – in fact, we’ve already seen two Sony-owned games come to the Game Pass service in the form of MLB The Show 22 and MLB The Show 21.
And let’s not forget that this whole deal works both ways: Bethesda is now owned by Microsoft, and the publisher has given away two PlayStation-exclusive games to use as timed exclusives (at least). Both Deathloop and Tokyo: Ghostwire came to PlayStation after the Bethesda/Microsoft deal was formalized. When it comes to rights between console platforms, nothing is as simple as it seems.
It’s also worth noting that PlayStation no longer sees the PC as its enemy: Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has bluntly stated that the company is making acquisitions with the explicit goal of bringing more PlayStation games to PC. . Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios, also suggested that more PlayStation exclusives will come to PC as the company continues to examine the growing cross-platform market.
To complicate matters, it was 505 Games that published the PC version of Death Stranding – not Sony. This means there is an outside chance that there is another kind of deal going on here. On that note, it’s also worth bearing in mind that another early PlayStation game – meme-generating Forspoken – is coming to the Windows Store along with Xbox and other achievements when it launches; not technically an Xbox game, but a game that works within the Xbox ecosystem. Is this what will happen with Death Stranding?
It is impossible to know at this stage. Whatever this little update ends up being, it’s going to culminate in something notable: either PC Game Pass fooled a whole fandom, or we’re going to get a big Sony game on the service. Win-win, right?