Xbox Series X games news: Microsoft masterplan to bag Hideo Kojima’s next game? | Gaming | Entertainment
We’re solely at first of this gen however already Microsoft has proven they imply severe enterprise with the Xbox Series X and S. From the Bethesda acquisition, to bringing Outriders and MLB The Show 21 to Game Pass, Phil Spencer and co have already dropped the mic just a few instances with some main bulletins. And Microsoft might have one other large reveal up their sleeves, as hearsay has it legendary online game designer Hideo Kojima is in talks to convey his next recreation to Xbox.
According to a VentureBeat article from in-the-know journalist Jeff Grubb, Kojima is in talks with Microsoft about publishing his next recreation.
Grubb wasn’t ready to affirm if the deal had been finalised but, however Kojima is reportedly key to Microsoft’s plans to leverage Japanese expertise.
Grubb dropped the bombshell in an article disputing a brand new hearsay that has been circulating.
It had been claimed this week that the lately revealed – and beautiful wanting PS5 unique Abandoned – might secretly be Kojima’s next recreation.
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Kojima has type in elaborately revealing his next recreation – with Metal Gear Solid V initially being revealed as The Phantom Pain (sans the MGS moniker) and allegedly being made by somewhat identified studio referred to as Moby Dick, with the mission led by Joakim Mogren.
There have been clues this was truly a brand new MGS recreation, with Joakim being an anagram of Kojima and the character featured within the preliminary reveal trailer wanting like Big Boss.
An actor was even employed to play Mogren for an interview, with Joakim teasing a full reveal for GDC 2013 – which is the place Phantom Pain was formally introduced as MGS V.
However, anybody considering it was historical past repeating with Abandoned and builders Blue Box Game Studios will probably be dissatisfied.
Grubb in his article mentioned: “The biggest piece of evidence I have that Abandoned is not a Kojima joint is that Kojima is in talks with Microsoft about publishing his next game, according to a source familiar with the matter. And yes, that statue on Phil Spencer’s shelf was referencing a potential deal with the legendary developer. I cannot confirm if Xbox closed the deal yet, but my understanding is that Kojima is the focus of a Microsoft plan to leverage Japanese talent.”
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While in an announcement Abandoned makers Blue Box Game Studios added: “We received several emails regarding the Hideo Kojima rumour. We have no association with Hideo Kojima nor do we claim to have any association nor was it our intention to claim such a statement. We are a small group of developers working on a passionate title we wanted to work on for a long time.
“We have been aiding different studios prior to now with their initiatives and we wished to work on our very first large mission. While it’s true that we have been engaged on small initiatives prior to now, we definitely did not use that for advertising and marketing functions. We hope this has clarified this matter and hope to see you all in our very first gameplay reveal of Abandoned.”
If Microsoft manages to secure Kojima’s services then it would be a big coup for the Xbox Series X and S makers.
Xbox has historically struggled to make a dent in the Japanese market, with figures cited by CNBC suggesting the Xbox One sold around 140,000 consoles between its launch in Japan of September 2014 through to June 2019.
Compare this to the PS5, which has sold almost 600,000 consoles in a matter of months between its November launch and the end of March.
While latest sales figures for Japan say the Xbox One’s rival gen 8 consoles – the PS4 and Nintendo Switch – have sold 9.35million and just over 19million consoles respectively.
If Microsoft wants to finally crack the Japanese market, then having a big name creator such as Hideo Kojima – the man behind the iconic Metal Gear Solid series as well as legendary games like Snatcher, Policenauts and PT – would surely help sway over Japanese games to Xbox as well as Game Pass.