Death Stranding Director’s Cut downgrades from Monster energy drinks to store brand

Posted on September 23, 2021 by

Death Stranding is full of product placements. We’ve known that about it since before it even came out. When it did release, players discovered a host of other, less obvious ads for real-world products, such as Norman Reedus’ biker travelogue show.

But none was more blatant than Monster energy drinks, which not only show up everywhere in-game, they’re tied into a game mechanic: drinking them boosts Sam’s stamina. Given how the entirety of Death Stranding is about travelling vast distances to deliver packages, stamina is a crucial element.

The Death Stranding Director’s Cut, which launches tomorrow on PS5, adds a host of new missions, new items, and refines existing mechanics. But there’s more, because for some reason, Kojima and co. decided to axe Monster energy drinks from the game.

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