Dying Stranding is stuffed with product placements. We have recognized that about it since earlier than it even got here out. When it did launch, gamers found a bunch of different, much less apparent advertisements for real-world merchandise, akin to Norman Reedus’ biker travelogue present.
However none was extra blatant than Monster power drinks, which not solely present up all over the place in-game, they’re tied right into a sport mechanic: ingesting them boosts Sam’s stamina. Given how the whole lot of Dying Stranding is about travelling huge distances to ship packages, stamina is a vital component.
The Dying Stranding Director”s Reduce, which launches tomorrow on PS5, provides a bunch of latest missions, new gadgets, and refines current mechanics. However there’s extra, as a result of for some purpose, Kojima and co. determined to axe Monster power drinks from the sport.
Monster cans have now been changed with a generic, in-game model known as Bridges Vitality – or extra precisely Bridg<-s <-N<-rgy, simply in case you thought the phrase ‘bridges’ wasn’t getting used sufficient within the sport.
Hirun Cryer, who performed the sport for us, known as the Director’s Reduce “Kojima’s most self-indulgent sport but”, and grabbed a few screenshots of this uncommon change.
It is not precisely clear why this was completed. It was assumed that Monster benefited from being included within the authentic launch; the corporate’s inventory value received a good increase in consequence. It might simply be, nevertheless, that the contract has ended.
Nonetheless, it is one other curious Kojima factor, although maybe this implies we’ll be seeing Bridges Vitality within the wild sometime as a limited-edition launch.