Kojima Productions’ next big game project is heading to Xbox. In partnership with Xbox Game Studios, Hideo Kojima’s development team aims to create a game that will heavily utilize cloud technology in some way.
Hideo Kojima himself announced the project in a brief appearance on the Xbox Bethesda showcase, essentially confirming that the game is in the early stages of development. Although it currently doesn’t have a name or release date attached to it.
However, it seems that a not insignificant portion of Kojima’s fans were not so thrilled with the announcement. A viral tweet from Jon Cartwright highlighted a Change.org petition to “cancel Kojima Xbox exclusive game”. And at the time of writing, it has accumulated over 1,500 signatures and counting since its inception.
The petition description states that “Kojima is betraying his loyal fans”, adding that he “has been blinded by greed”. The text, however, ends at a point we can really sympathize with:
“Not everyone has good enough internet to stream games. Not everyone has enough money to buy a new console or build a new PC.”
Does the petition have a point?
While it’s certainly true that fast internet speeds and owning multiple consoles are luxuries that not everyone can afford, we can’t help but feel that this petition is a bit reactionary.
We know next to nothing about Kojima’s next project, other than the facts currently described. These are the partnership with Xbox Game Studios and their use of cloud-based technologies to provide a “never-before-seen concept”.
The concept at least feels a little more ambitious than Death Stranding’s simple and robust online features, which allowed players to build structures and stations to aid other players. The game is a console exclusive on PS5 and PS4, and is also available to play on PC, just as we imagine Kojima’s new project will be too.
Let’s not deny that a change of guard from PlayStation to Xbox will definitely set some players aside. But we imagine the most likely scenario here is that Xbox consoles – and Microsoft’s powerful Azure servers – were better suited for this ambitious project that Kojima Productions is currently working on.
Following the announcement, the official Twitter account of Kojima Productions tweeted (opens in new tab) that the developer still has “a very good partnership with PlayStation”. Even if Kojima’s next project is an Xbox exclusive, it likely won’t signify and end his team’s presence on PlayStation platforms.