Hideo Kojima’s most recent game, Death Stranding, was a Sony-published title and was exclusively on the PlayStation 4 for around nine months before it came to PC (via a different publisher). However, it looks like Microsoft will likely publish his next title as the two reportedly just recently signed a publishing deal together.
According to GamesBeat, the two parties have “signed a letter of intent” that means Microsoft will publish a game from Kojima. It’s reportedly a loose deal at the moment and that the details will be worked out at a later date. It ostensibly sounds like they made a deal now to make a deal later. The deal looks like it is close to being complete and that Microsoft is beginning to prepare “for what Kojima will need to make his new game.”
It’s not clear what the game is, though. Apparently, Microsoft didn’t greenlight a specific game, but more the ability for Kojima Productions to use Microsoft’s tech for some project. It may or may not have to do with the cloud as Microsoft recently hired Google Stadia’s Kim Swift to oversee “cloud-native games.”
This is all a follow-up from earlier in the year as GamesBeat also reported that this deal was in the works. Some users started speculating that this might be the case as Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was seen with a Kojima Productions figurine on his shelf. Microsoft has teased other projects like the Xbox Series S in the past through these sorts of shelf Easter eggs.
As for now, Kojima is still working on Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, which is releasing on the PlayStation 5 sometime this year. More info about the game is expected to come out soon.