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Hideo Kojima and Xbox sign new partnership deal claims source

Details are scarce, but Hideo Kojima and Microsoft intend on working together on a new project, one which may use cloud technology.

There’s been talk of Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima teaming up with Microsoft on an Xbox exclusive for a while, but now it sounds like the partnership is actually going ahead.

According to a GamesBeat report, Kojima and Microsoft have signed a letter of intent to publish a new Xbox game. The specifics of the deal have yet to be finalised, but this is basically the first step of the negotiations.

As for what the game is, details are essentially non-existent. The GamesBeat report adds that the purpose of the partnership is more so to provide Kojima Productions access to Microsoft’s technology, rather than bring a specific game to life.

However, the recent hiring of Portal developer Kim Swift was apparently specifically to assist Kojima. And since Swift’s new job is to oversee partnerships for cloud-based games, it stands to reason that Kojima’s Xbox game will utilise cloud technology.

Kojima has previously expressed an interest in cloud gaming. In a 2019 interview with the BBC, he said he was looking into making a ‘new format of game’ for streaming platforms, like Microsoft’s xCloud.

‘I think within the next few years, gaming will move on to streaming. Movies, dramas and games will all be streamed and you’ll enjoy them on your iPad or iPhone or a screen anytime, anywhere.

‘When that happens games, films and dramas will have to compete in the same space. I’m very interested in the new format of game that will appear on there and that’s what I want to take on.’

It’s somewhat surprising to see Kojima’s next project as an Xbox exclusive, considering his close working relationship with Sony. It’s unlikely, however, that this Microsoft partnership will affect said relationship, especially since a director’s cut of Death Stranding was recently announced as a PlayStation 5 exclusive.

There’s also been a popular theory that Kojima is secretly working on a new Silent Hill game for Sony under a fake name. But this escalated to such a degree that the head of Blue Box Games (which many suspected was a front for Kojima’s own studio) had to publicly shut the theory down by showing his face.

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