How many copies did Death Stranding sell? — 2023 statistics

Connecting the strands in Kojima's enigmatic world.

Release Date
November 8, 2019
Kojima Productions

When it comes to action games, few games were as hyped as Death Stranding in 2019. It was touted as an excellent survival-action experience that cast quite a few notable actors to represent the main characters, including Mads Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus. However, as much as people were waiting for the game with excitement, just as quickly did its popularity dip after it came out. But why? We’re here to show you some Death Stranding statistics and facts that might paint a clearer picture of the game’s status and what it accomplished since it was released. Speaking of perspectives, you might want to check out some interesting information surrounding the esports industry’s worth!

Death Stranding key stats

Since Death Stranding is a single game and there wasn’t a tremendous amount of development for it since it was released, as it sort of quietly slunk down into less relevant waters, we’re going to contain all of the relevant information for the game in this one section, so that it’s all in one spot.

Death Stranding has sold over 10 million copies since its release.

(Source: Bloody Disgusting, GamesIndustry, GameRant)

  • The game sold over 5 million copies by 2021.
  • The 10 million mark was hit right at Death Stranding’s third birthday.
  • When speaking about the game’s themes, Hideo Kojima emphasized the feeling of loneliness and overcoming it, which is why the game worked so well during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • During its release, Death Stranding was the biggest new IP release in Japan for the generation.
  • It beat Dark Souls during this time as well as the Wii Fit.

Like all things, it’s best to start at the beginning! When it just came out, Death Stranding took the world of gaming by storm, breaking sales records and establishing a solid foothold for further growth. Since its release, the game has sold over 10 million copies and sales are very likely to increase as we get closer to the release of Death Stranding 2.

Death Stranding has grossed over $106.2 million on Steam.

(Source: VG Insights)

  • Death Stranding has grossed $91.6 million.
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut grossed $14.6 million.
  • Both of the games have 93% positive reviews.
  • The two games sold 2.9 million copies on Steam.
  • Death Stranding sold 2.4 million copies.
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut sold 526,000 copies.

We can see a fairly large difference in the total number of sales between the original Death Stranding and the Director’s Cut, where the latter is the same game but with added content to make the game more enjoyable for newcomers to the genre and to the game in general.

Death Stranding won 14 awards.

(Source: IMDb)

  • It won the Technical Advancement award at the 2020 BAFTA Awards.
  • It won Audio of the Year and Sound Design of the Year at the 2020 Game Audio Network Guild Awards.
  • It won 5 awards at the 2020 NAVGTR Awards.
  • It won Best Sound Design in Gaming at the 2020 International Music+Sound Awards.
  • It won PC Game of the Year at the 2020 Golden Joystick Awards.
  • It won 3 awards at the 2020 Game Awards.
  • It won Best Soundtrack at the 2019 Fun and Serious Game Festival.

It should go without saying that such a masterfully-made game as Death Stranding is going to perform very well in the award department, but we’re gonna say it anyway. Something to note about this is that while the game did receive 14 awards, it also had 25 nominations, indicating that a lot of people wanted to give the game more credit, but other titles got in the way.

Death Stranding and Death’s Stranding: Director’s Cut had 23.8 million hours watched on Twitch in their best years.

(Source: SullyGnome)

  • Death Stranding had 22.2 million hours watched on Twitch in 2019.
  • The game had 393,902 broadcasting hours.
  • The game had 2,543 viewers on average.
  • There were 44 channels streaming the game on average.
  • It had a viewer ratio of 56.6.
  • Its max viewer count was 290,087.
  • There were 37,855 broadcasters that streamed the game.
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut had 1.6 million hours watched on Twitch in 2022.
  • The game had 72,931 broadcasting hours.
  • The game had 184 viewers on average.
  • There were 8 channels streaming the game on average.
  • It had a viewer ratio of 22.2.
  • Its max viewer count was 17,157.
  • There were 7,762 broadcasters that streamed the game.

The numbers speak for themselves here, and it is completely understandable that the Director’s cut, which has a smaller number of copies sold, would have less Twitch viewership as a result. 22.2 million views in the game’s release year is an absolutely fantastic number for the game, but the number of hours watched in 2020 dipped significantly, down to 4.8 million hours watched.

To sum up

Okay, so that’s all we can say about Death Stranding and the Director’s Cut! As you can see, Death Stranding was a monumental release in 2019 that had a major impact on gaming, prompting some creators to ponder whether or not the game established a new genre in general. While the hype around the game has died down a bit over the years, Death Stranding 2 was recently announced and we can expect the series to gain more traction in the news and the gaming community. Till’ then, we sincerely hope that you have enjoyed what we’ve had to display here and that all of your Death Stranding-related questions have been answered!


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