Last April, a serious rumor, compounded by “discreet” teasing from Phil Spencer, hinted that Hideo Kojima was currently negotiating with Microsoft for an exclusive Xbox game from Kojima Productions. It could be that a new piece has just been added to the puzzle.
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If the collaborative project between Microsoft and Kojima Productions comes to fruition, the resulting game could inherently leverage cloud technology.
Microsoft, and its Xbox subsidiary in particular, have just announced that they have hired Kim Swift, previously Game Design Director at Stadia, to oversee Xbox Game Studios’ collaboration with third-party studios around games that specifically use cloud gaming. And, according to Jeff Grubbs’ sources, one of the studios Kim Swift should be working with when the aforementioned partnership is signed will be that of Hideo Kojima.
Venture Beat’s article explains that one of the specific reasons Microsoft recruited Kim Swift (who worked on titles like Portal and Left 4 Dead at Valve before joining Google Stadia) is to help Kojima. Productions. According to various rumors, Hideo Kojima was in negotiations with Stadia for an exclusive game before Google switched shoulder to finance and publish exclusive games.
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Today, Hideo Kojima is reportedly still in talks about the game, but this time with Microsoft. According to Venture Beat sources, this project created in KJP is currently only in the early stages of design.
With Jeff Grubbs’ new article continuing to confirm that Microsoft and Kojima Productions are still negotiating, it seems that the deal will be a long time coming. However, the fact that Phil Spencer is introducing the Kojima Productions mascot as the backdrop for his public interventions suggests that things are going pretty well. We now have to wait for a possible official announcement.
Do you think the Xbox and Kojima Productions partnership will be finalized? How do you think Hideo Kojima could take advantage of cloud gaming? Tell us all about it in the comments below.