Hideo Kojima, founder and owner of Kojima Productions and the same guy who brought us the awesome Death Stranding is reportedly talking to Microsoft to publish his next game. Previously, Kojima Productions worked with Sony to publish Death Stranding on PS4 and 505 Games for the PC release. However, the developer now wants Xbox to partner with the studio on their next game.
It goes without saying that we don’t know what Kojima is working on at the moment. Death Stranding released back in 2019 and was a somewhat hit. Shortly after its release, Kojima confirmed that his studio was already working on a new game. While Sony published Death Stranding, Kojima Productions does not need to work with the company on every title as they free to approach any publisher they want.
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Many believe that the announcement has been a long time coming. Phil Spencer teased this in his previous stream by placing a statue of Ludens, the mascot for Kojima Productions on the shelf behind him. That move already had fans talking about the partnership and now with the latest reports, it seems likely.
Phil Spencer on stream, he has a Kojima Productions Ludens figure in the background apparently next to the Xbox logo pic.twitter.com/nept872D7n
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According to journalist Jeff Grubb from Venture Beat, Hideo Kojima is talking to Microsoft and Xbox about a publishing deal. Grubb confirmed the news in a recent article after rumours of the recently-announced PS5 exclusive Abandoned had fans believing it was another P.T marketing campaign by Kojima.
The game, which is currently in development at Blue Box Games, follows a dark horror tone and due to the developer’s non-existent reputation, fans assumed that it might just be the start of a new Kojima Productions marketing campaign.
At this time there’s no sign of an announcement between Kojima and Xbox. We don’t yet if the game is a horror, one of the many Silent Hill games reportedly in development or something new. However, it was recently confirmed that E3 2021 will take place in June and Microsoft will attend this digital-only event. If the deal is happening, there’s a good chance we can see it announced there.
Source: Venture Beat