How many episodes are in Death Stranding?

What to expect before you start walking through Death Stranding.

Death Stranding has received mixed reviews with some gamers loving it and others hating it. One common question that gets asked by Death Stranding players (or those considering purchasing a copy) is how many episodes there are and how long it’ll take you to beat the game. To answer these questions, we’ve put together a quick guide on the total number of episodes in Death Stranding.

How many episodes are in Death Stranding?

How many episodes are in Death Stranding?
There are 14 episodes in Death Stranding, and it'll take you approximately 40 hours to beat the game.
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In Death Stranding, players will have to work through 14 episodes in total after completing the opening Prologue. If you count the Prologue as an episode in and of itself, you could technically say that Death Stranding has 15 episodes. To get through all 14 of the main episodes in Death Stranding, you’ll need to put in around 40 hours of gameplay.

Note that in many episodes – especially the opening 3 – you’ll have to sit through lengthy cutscenes that help establish the game’s lore. If you’ve played other games from Hideo Kojima like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, you’ll likely be familiar with these sort of cinematic cutscenes.

While you have the option to skip past many of these cutscenes and fast-forward through areas of dialogue between Sam and the people he’s delivering goods to, it’ll still take you a sizable chunk of time to complete all 14 episodes in Death Stranding. Again, 40 hours is the average completion time for Death Stranding.

If you’re looking to visit every possible location and deliver as many items as possible while building structures for other players to use, this completion time may increase. To recap, there are 14 episodes in Death Stranding, 15 if you want to count the Prologue. It will take you around 40 hours to beat Death Stranding; less if you skip cutscenes and dialogue, more if you explore and engage in side activities.

Now that you know how many episodes are in Death Stranding, be sure to check out some of our other guides including how to build a bridge in Death Stranding, where to find celebrity cameos in Death Stranding, and how to redeem preorder DLC in Death Stranding.

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