Hideo Kojima Partnering with Xbox Games Studios for “Brand New Game”

Acclaimed Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding Game Director Hideo Kojima announced his partnership with Microsoft Games Studios at Today’s Event

Today at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase for 2022, Game Director Hideo Kojima (famous for the Metal Gear Solid series, Death Stranding, and P.T. — yes, I’m putting P.T. in there) announced a partnership with Microsoft Game Studios. The director is going to work with the company on an as yet unofficially announced brand-new game. He didn’t provide any real details beyond that, but Kojima did add that it’s something he has “always wanted to make.”

Even though the details were scant, the well-known director had a few more morsels for curious Kojima fans. He continued on to say that (whatever the game is) it will be “one that no one has ever experienced or seen before,” and that he has “waited very long for the day when I could finally start to create it.”

“With Microsoft’s cutting edge cloud technology, and the change in the industry’s trend, it has now become possible to challenge myself to make this never-before-seen concept. It may take some time, but I’m looking forward to teaming up with Xbox Game Studios, and hope to bring you some exciting news in the future!”

Microsoft PR noted that the announcement is specifically for the partnership, so it’s not exactly a game announcement or other arrangement beyond that.

Ok, so it’s obviously not Silent Hills (the shit your pants scary game we all wanted — or at least that many of us wanted). That and Metal Gear Solid are still locked up with publisher Konami. Rumor has it that Layers of Fear and Observer developer Bloober Team is actually working on the classic horror series behind closed doors at the moment. And while that hasn’t been confirmed, the horror game studio did sign a deal with Konami last year for… something. Word that it may be a Silent Hill game has been met with mixed reception (much like most existing Bloober Team games).

The “cloud” comment is something to go on, though. Microsoft has promised cloud connectivity in its games going all the way back to Crackdown 3. And you can currently play a lot of Xbox games on your phone via the cloud, too. Unless of course they’re referring to, say, some kind of heady Death Stranding-style concept of the “cloud.” Which, to be honest, I’d also be happy to see. Even just to know what kinda nonsense it brings.

If nothing else, we know Kojima Productions’ next game will probably be weird, poignant, and possibly include an anti-war statement of some kind. At least if we go off the developer’s past work.

This coverage of the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase is part of Fanbyte’s Hot Game Summer roundup. That’s the time of the year where we bring you recaps, hot takes, and commentary on this summer’s biggest game presentations and announcements. That of course includes things like Xbox the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, but also the PC Gaming Show, and the all-encompassing Summer Game Fest hosted by Geoff Keighley. If you’re interested in seeing all of Fanbyte’s coverage, check out our Hot Game Summer 2022 hub!