According to GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb, negotiations between Kojima Productions and Microsoft have reached a key milestone. The parties have already signed a so-called letter of intent, while lawyers are clarifying all the details of the final deal. The conclusion of the final agreement is only a matter of time.
- Microsoft has already begun to prepare the necessary technology base in the “cloud” that the Japanese game designer will need for his next game.
- Team Kojima will be working with Portal creator Kim Swift, who joined the Xbox team in late June to develop cloud computing for gaming and streaming.
- At the moment, it is not known what exactly the upcoming project of the author of Metal Gear and Death Stranding will be.
- The goal of the partnership is to “unleash the creativity” of Kojima Productions using Microsoft technology and support. There is no question of a specific concept or “pitch” of the game.
- It is unlikely that collaboration with Microsoft will prevent Hideo Kojima from working with other companies. This is evidenced, among other things, by the announcement of Death Stranding Director’s Cut in early June.
The fact that Kojima Productions began negotiations on a deal with the American corporation, Grubb’s sources reported back in April. At that time, the journalist could not confirm that it would take place.
Kojima himself has already spoken out on the topic of “cloud” services. In 2019, he said the underlying technology would help transform the entire gaming industry, and mentioned his plans in this regard.