Microsoft’s new partnership with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was confirmed tonight at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. Details were few – there was nothing here that hadn’t already been reported – but Microsoft made it public tonight.
Kojima is collaborating with Xbox on a new project that will make use of the company’s cloud technologies. If this seems familiar, it’s because it’s a promise we’ve heard before, and a tidbit that initially surfaced online last summer, when rumors of Kojima collaborating with Microsoft first surfaced.
“It’s a completely new game that no one has ever seen or played before,” Kojima remarked today. “I’ve waited a long time for the day when I could finally begin to make it.” With Microsoft’s cutting-edge cloud technology and a shift in the industry’s trends, I can now push myself to create this never-before-seen concept.
“It may take some time, but I’m excited to be working with Xbox Game Studios and hope to bring you some great news soon!” Thank you very much!”
According to a source last year, Kojima and Xbox had been discussing the possibility of collaborating for some time, and Microsoft’s employment of Portal developer Kim Swift to supervise new Xbox cloud gaming collaborations as part of the preparation for Kojima’s project.
Death Stranding, of course, was Kojima’s prior game, for which he collaborated with PlayStation. Fans had anticipated for a sequel to that game, but Kojima announced in 2020 that he’d just had a “big project” shelved. “I’m quite furious,” he commented, “but that’s the games industry for you.” However, Death Stranding star Norman Reedus hinted last month that development on a sequel had begun.
There’s no news on when we could see the rewards of Kojima’s collaboration with Xbox.
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