Potential new details are emerging in the wake of recent rumors of an Xbox-Kojima partnership.
Hideo Kojima has been closely associated with the PlayStation brand for as long as the first one has existed. When he severed ties with Konami and reformed Kojima Productions as an independent studio, he immediately signed with Sony to Death stranding, exclusive to the PlayStation console. Recent reports, however, have suggested that a major paradigm shift could happen soon and that Xbox and Kojima are close to signing a deal for the studio’s next game.
It’s a pretty surprising twist, if it ends up happening, and many wonder why Kojima is moving from Sony to Microsoft. Well, apparently, that might not have been his first choice. In the recent episode of the Xbox Era podcast, insider Shpeshal_Ed said that Kojima Productions initially approached Sony with a pitch for their next game. Sony, however, was not happy with the way Death Stranding did so commercially, and as such, declined the offer to work with Kojima again.
He also suggests that Kojima may have been in talks with Google and Stadia for some time, due to the fact that his game apparently uses cloud technology a lot, but ultimately talks with Microsoft progressed further. . The Microsoft-Kojima deal is apparently close to being done, so if that happens we could hear about it very soon.
Kojima Productions art director Yoji Shinkawa recently mentioned that the studio’s next game will be announced in the near future, so let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long.