The next Hideo Kojima announcement may not be what you expect (pic: BAFTA)
Suggestions that new PS5 game Abandoned might be a Hideo Kojima game have been shot down, in favour of a new Xbox rumour.
Yesterday, the PlayStation Blog revealed a brand new PlayStation 5 horror game called Abandoned. Announced out of nowhere by developer Blue Box Game Studios, who no one had ever heard of before, many immediately suspected it was a secret Hideo Kojima game.
There’s every reason to think so too, as he’s previously said he’s interested in working on a horror game and with the Silent Hills project he pretended the famous P.T. demo was by a different company and nothing to do with him.
As far as anyone can tell though Blue Box Game Studios has no connection with Kojima and they’ve even had to put a message to that effect on their otherwise empty website. But that’s not necessarily the end of the story…
According to VentureBeat, instead of Kojima’s next game being a Sony console exclusive, as Death Stranding was, it will instead be exclusive to Xbox. Or at least that’s the idea from Microsoft’s point of view.
Supposedly, Microsoft is currently in talks with Kojima about his next game and a recent video in which Xbox boss Phil Spencer had a Kojima Productions toy on the shelf behind him was indeed meant to be a tease of exactly that.
Apparently the deal hasn’t yet been finalised yet but the creator of Metal Gear is claimed to be at the centre of Microsoft’s plans to attract more Japanese talent – which in turn implies that rumours Microsoft might attempt to buy a large Japanese publisher or developer are not true.
Sony helped set up Kojima Productions and publish Death Stranding on PlayStation 5 but there’s never been any suggestion that the relationship would go further than that.
It’s true that Sony has talked of wanting to buy more developers but, given the trouble he had setting up the studio, it’s likely Kojima wants to remain independent and free to work for anyone.
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