Kojima Productions has made clear it still has a good relationship with PlayStation, despite announcing an Xbox exclusive game.
Hideo Kojima revealed his studio would be making “a completely new game that no one has ever experienced or seen before” at the Xbox Bethesda Game Showcase on June 12, causing some to question the studio’s ties to PlayStation.
“After the announcement of our partnership with Microsoft using the cloud technology, many people have asked us about our collaboration with [Sony Interactive Entertainment],” the Kojima Productions Twitter page posted (below). “Please be rest assured that we continue to have a very good partnership with PlayStation as well.”
After the announcement of our partnership with Microsoft using the cloud technology, many people have asked us about our collaboration with SIE. Please be assured that we continue to have a very good partnership with PlayStation® as well.#KojimaProductions https://t.co/mVOELwDuk9
— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) June 13, 2022
The developer has previously been synonymous with Sony’s side due to its only franchise, Death Stranding, being a PlayStation exclusive – even featuring on the PlayStation Studios website. Kojima himself has long been associated with PlayStation, well before the creation of his own studio.
The Xbox announcement led to an outcry among some fans of Kojima, who felt the legendary developer shouldn’t move away from his ties to PlayStation. Some have even set up petitions to ask for Kojima Productions not to work on an Xbox game.
But Kojima Productions is an independent studio and, as it said in another tweet, “will explore various possibilities with games, movies, and music through platforms that evolve with time and technology.” Kojima himself said of the announcement that he’s incorporating Microsoft’s “cutting edge technology”, particularly cloud streaming, and a “change in the industry’s trends” into this new project.
While the project is still in its early stages, it’s something the famed developer – most famous for creating the Metal Gear Solid franchise – has always wanted to make. “I’ve waited very long for the day when I could finally start to create it,” he said.
That’s not to say Death Stranding is finished, of course, as just recently its lead actor, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, leaked that a sequel to the 2019 stealth-action game is in development. In our 6/10 review of the first game, IGN said: “Death Stranding delivers a fascinating world of supernatural sci-fi, but its gameplay struggles to support its weight.”
Another supposed Kojima game, a horror title called Overdose, appeared to have leaked earlier this week, but has yet to officially appear publicly.
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Source: IGN Video Games All