Today at Microsoft’s big Xbox and Bethesda video game showcase event, acclaimed game director and movie buff Hideo Kojima popped up to announce that he was working with Xbox on his next game, and uh…hmmm…
Microsoft spent nearly an hour today showcasing countless trailers and teasers for a long list of video games, most of which are coming to Game Pass. All of Diablo IV to a new historical mystery game from Obsidian to vampire, carsand even some star field gameplay! It was a solid show. But stuck in the middle, there was a moment with Hideo Kojima.
Rumors persisted that Kojima was going to work with Xbox on a new game and today those rumors have been confirmed. But uh, barely.
“There’s a game I’ve always wanted to make,” Kojima said via translated captions. “It’s a completely new game that no one has ever seen or experienced before. I’ve waited a very long time for the day when I could finally start creating it. With Microsoft’s cutting-edge cloud technology and the changing trend of industry, it is now possible to challenge myself to realize this unique concept.
“It may take a while, but I look forward to teaming up with Xbox Game Studios and hope to bring you some exciting news in the future!”
And…that’s it! No information on what type of game it will be, on which platforms, a name or even a code name… nothing!
It’s almost overwhelming how little Kojima needed to share in order to make an appearance on today’s show. Looking online, it worked. Already people are wondering why Kojima had to wait so long and why he might use cloud technology in his new game. And of course online console fans, stuck in an endless console war, are already using the appearance to fuel the next round of forum wars and Twitter threads as they prove how much they love their plastic consoles and brands.
Microsoft also made a big deal on how all of the games shown today at the event would be released within the next 12 months. It seems unlikely, however, that the project Kojima and his team are currently working on will be shut down until June 12, 2023. Xbox likely doesn’t count this project as no games were actually shown, but it looks like cheating .
Kotaku contacted Xbox about Kojima’s game and whether it will be released within the next 12 months.
One day I also hope to be so famous and appreciated that I can just show up Kotaku and promise a big blog or review with a few quick words and a smile. But that day hasn’t come yet, hence why you just read 464 words.