It was reported in April 2021 that Microsoft was in talks to sign the next game from the Japanese designer best known for the Metal Gear Solid series.
And last July, it was claimed that Microsoft and Kojima had signed a letter of intent stating that they planned to work together on a new Xbox game.
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In a new update on his premium Giant Bomb show Grubbsnax (transcribed by VGC), VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb said those plans were still in place.
“As of a couple of weeks ago, the Xbox and Kojima deal was still on,” he claimed.
Grubb went on to say: “This isn’t based on the information I had last year, this is more recent than that. This is still on”.
He added: “Does this mean that PlayStation couldn’t have acquired Kojima Productions? Not necessarily”.
Kojima founded Kojima Productions in 2005, under the control of Konami, where he worked for over 30 years and created the Metal Gear series.
After splitting from Konami in 2015 he reformed Kojima Productions as an independent studio, backed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Following the release of its debut project Death Stranding, Kojima Productions said in October 2020 that it was staffing up for a new, still unannounced game.
Last November Kojima Productions announced it had established a TV and film studio based in Los Angeles, and according to Kojima its work will begin in earnest this year.
In March, Kojima revealed that the studio was relocating after five years at its Tokyo-based office, although the reason for the move wasn’t specified.