The previously rumoured Hideo Kojima–Microsoft connection popped up because Sony did not give a green flag for the Japanese genius.
We previously wrote about how Hideo Kojima’s next game could be possibly published by Microsoft. If this is true, it would be a huge loss of blood for PlayStation, or at least its Japanese arm (we also mentioned the inner cultural war within the brand), as Kojima has been close to PlayStation for decades. After all, think about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which is a PlayStation 3-exclusive to this day! This is why Kojima reformed Kojima Productions (this time, as an independent studio) immediately after leaving Konami, followed by an agreement on Death Stranding with Sony.
Now, during the Xbox Era podcast, Shpeshal Ed, an insider, claims that Hideo Kojima has tried to pitch his next game to Sony due to their good history together. However, Sony disapproved of the plans, as Death Stranding hasn’t been a commercial success for them. This is why Microsoft comes into the picture, and the insider points out that for a while, Google Stadia has also been a thing, as this next game is meant to use cloud technology a lot, but the talks between the Redmond-based company and the Japanese studio is nearly coming to an end.
He says the agreement is near, and thus, if it does get signed, then the announcement can be close, too, which is why Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, might be smugging at Jim Ryan, the CEO and president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, as he’d have the Japanese genius sign over to him. Yoji Shinkawa, the art director, previously claimed the announcement of the game is happening shortly.
How much of a twist would it be if Kojima is related to the Metal Gear IP? We have mentioned that Konami is seemingly outsourcing the work on it, and now, he could be doing work on it, but this time, externally.