Microsoft “understood” Kojima’s upcoming Xbox game, others thought he was “mad”

Hideo Kojima has revealed how his partnership with Xbox Game Studios for a new title came to be, saying that only Microsoft understood the Death Stranding creator’s concept for his new game.

Back in June, Kojima and Microsoft announced they were working on a new game together that would leverage Microsoft’s cloud technology. At the time, Kojima said the unannounced title is something he’s always wanted to make, and it will be a game “that no one has ever experienced or seen before.” Now, Kojima has explained that Microsoft was the only company that understood the concept, with others thinking that he was “mad.”

Hideo Kojima discusses Xbox partnership

“I tend to get easily bored,” Kojima said to IGN, “Part of why I’ve been able to make games for 30 years is because new technology replaces the old so quickly. The tech you use today may not be applicable tomorrow, and I’m interested in figuring out ways to incorporate the new. Making the wrong choice can result in failure, of course. It’s a bit like a space program in that way.

“The project we’re working on with Microsoft is one I have been thinking about for five or six years already. The project required infrastructure that was never needed before, so I discussed it with lots of different big companies and gave presentations, but they really seemed to think that I was mad. It was ultimately Microsoft who showed that they understood, and now we’re working together on the project, including the technology front.”

It’s rumoured that Kojima is working on a new horror game called Overdose, which will feature Margaret Qualley, who starred in Death Stranding. Earlier this month, Kojima announced Death Stranding 2 for PS5.

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