Phil Spencer is rumored to be working on a deal to bring Hideo Kojima’s next game to Xbox Series X
We’re only at the beginning of this gene, but Microsoft has already shown that they are serious about doing business with the Xbox Series X and S. From acquiring Bethesda to bringing Outriders and MLB The Show 21 to Game Pass, Phil Spencer and co have already dropped the mic a few times with some major announcements. And Microsoft could have one more big reveal, as legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima is rumored to be in talks to bring his next game to Xbox.
According to a VentureBeat article From noted journalist Jeff Grubb, Kojima is in talks with Microsoft about publishing his next game.
Grubb couldn’t confirm whether the deal was already in place, but Kojima is said to be key to Microsoft’s plans to leverage Japanese talent.
Grubb dropped the bombshell in an article disputing a new rumor making the rounds.
This week, it has been claimed that the recently unveiled – and gorgeous-looking PS5 Abandoned exclusive – could secretly be Kojima’s next game.
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Kojima is taking shape in the in-depth reveal of his next game – with Metal Gear Solid V originally revealed as The Phantom Pain (without the MGS nickname) and reportedly being created by a little-known studio called Moby Dick, with the project spearheaded by Joakim Mogren.
There was some evidence that this was actually a new MGS game, where Joakim was an anagram of Kojima and the character in the first reveal trailer looked like Big Boss.
An actor was even hired to play Mogren for an interview, with Joakim teasing a full reveal for GDC 2013 – where Phantom Pain was officially announced as MGS V.
However, anyone who thinks it’s history repeating itself with Abandoned and developers Blue Box Game Studios will be disappointed.
Grubb said in his article, “The biggest evidence I have that Abandoned is not a Kojima joint is that Kojima is in talks with Microsoft about publishing his next game, according to a source familiar with the issue. Phil Spencer was referring to a possible deal with the legendary developer. I can’t confirm whether Xbox has closed the deal yet, but I understand Kojima is the focus of a Microsoft plan to leverage Japanese talent. ”
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Hideo Kojima’s last game was Death Stranding, which was first released exclusively on PS4
Hideo Kojima’s most famous work is the iconic Metal Gear Solid series
While in a statement, Abandoned creators Blue Box Game Studios added, “We have received several emails regarding the Hideo Kojima rumor. We have no association with Hideo Kojima, nor do we claim to have any association, nor was it ours. intention to claim such a statement. are a small group of developers working on a passionate title that we’ve wanted to work on for a long time.
“We’ve helped other studios with their projects in the past and we wanted to work on our very first big project. While it’s true that we’ve worked on small projects in the past, we certainly haven’t used that for marketing purposes. clarified this issue and we hope to see you all in our very first gameplay reveal from Abandoned. ”
If Microsoft manages to secure Kojima’s services, it would be a major coup for the creators of the Xbox Series X and S.
Xbox has historically struggled to make a dent in the Japanese market, with numbers cited by CNBC suggests the Xbox One sold about 140,000 consoles between its launch in Japan from September 2014 to June 2019.
Compare this to the PS5, which has sold nearly 600,000 consoles in a few months between its November launch and the end of March.
While the latest sales figures for Japan say the rival Xbox One generation 8 consoles – the PS4 and Nintendo Switch – have sold 9.35 million and just over 19 million consoles respectively.
If Microsoft finally wants to crack the Japanese market, having a big name-maker like Hideo Kojima – the man behind the iconic Metal Gear Solid series and legendary games like Snatcher, Policenauts and PT – would certainly help beat Japanese games. Both Xbox and Game Pass.
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