Hideo Kojima confirms the long-rumored new AAA game project for Xbox Series X is still in the works.
In April 2021, Microsoft is in talks to sign the next game from the Japanese designer best known for the Metal Gear Solid series. And last July, it was reported that Microsoft and Kojima had signed a letter saying that they plan to work together on a brand new game project for Xbox.
In a new update on Giant Bomb’s Grubbsnax program, VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb says those plans are still in the works. “As of a couple of weeks ago, the Xbox and Kojima deal is still going,” he stated. The update comes amid speculation that Sony may have acquired Kojima Productions, after Death Stranding was featured in a banner ad for PlayStation’s 1st Party studios.
“This is not based on the information I had last year and beyond,” Grubb continued. He added: “Does this mean PlayStation can’t buy Kojima Productions?”. Kojima founded Kojima Productions in 2005, under the direction of Konami, where he worked for over 30 years and created the Metal Gear series. After splitting from Konami in 2015, he reformed Kojima Productions into an independent studio, backed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. After releasing a successful debut project like Death Stranding, Kojima Productions said in October 2020 that they are preparing staff for a new, yet to be announced game.
Last November, Kojima Productions announced they had established a film and television studio based in Los Angeles, and according to Kojima, their work will begin in earnest this year. In early 2022, Kojima revealed his plans for the coming year, which included a brand new project and a new test video and podcast clip in February. In March, Kojima revealed that the game studio would be relocating five years after its headquarters in its Tokyo office, although the reason for the move was not specified.