Hideo Kojima was also allegedly working on something for Google Stadia, whose death was announced by Google the other day.
When Google Stade launched in 2019 with significant fanfare, several big-name developers were reportedly working on something for the cloud-based service. Kojima was also rumoured to be working on exclusive content. Phil Harrison shelved the whole thing. Stadia’s general manager (who formerly worked at PlayStation as well) believed (back in 2009!?) that there was no longer a market for solo experiences in the gaming industry. (We hear Respawn Entertainment laughing after the studio proved that wrong with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order…)
According to 9to5Google’s sources, Harrison’s wrong indoctrination has been imposed on Stadia and has led to the Japanese genius’ ideas being thrown away by Alphabet (Google’s parent company) on its platform. However, we’ve heard that Google has denied Kojima’s project (it didn’t get any further than a pitch), but now it sounds more like it was in early development before they cancelled the whole thing. It was supposedly going to be an episodic horror game from Kojima. We’re unsure if it would have been set in the Death Standing universe.
We’ve known unofficially for months that Death Stranding 2 was in the works after Norman Reedus, who plays the game’s protagonist, Sam “Porter” Bridges, made a comment that “there’s a second one in the works” and in this regard Dusk Golem talks about it being a Sony exclusive. According to the insider, the IP for the as yet unconfirmed game is owned by Sony and not Kojima Productions. As there is a multi-game agreement between the two parties, it will most likely be the second product from the Japanese studio.
Here’s the twist: the wording says the deal could be a two-game deal, so Kojima Productions’ last PlayStation-exclusive game (well, with a PC port, most likely…) could be Death Stranding 2, and then Kojima could move to Xbox, as he has a deal with Microsoft to make a game (Overdose) that no one else has ever made before…
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