Death Stranding has fallen a little behind schedule, Kojima said in a recent interview with J-Wave. “It’s common for studios to fall behind their planned release date, and Death Stranding is very slightly behind our initial plan, but not behind by much,” Kojima explained, as translated by IGN. Of course, since the game has not yet received a definite release date, it’s hard to tell what this means. It could be that the game is no longer coming this year, although looking at the way Kojima puts it, the delay isn’t that great.
In the same interview, translated by Twinfinite, Kojima explained that having a deadline in sight means that he can’t keep working on the game forever, and he has to make some compromises, but he also made clear he would never release a game that does not meet his standards.
Due to the open world nature of the game, it is not yet in the polishing stage, but the story is done from beginning to end. At this time, Kojima is playing the game daily and working on it, describing the process as “let’s do this here” or “let’s change this effect here”.
Source: J-Wave, via IGN and Twinfinite