Hideo Kojima and Microsoft Inch Closer to Publishing Deal for Exclusive Xbox Game, PlayStation Fans Start Petition to Get It Canceled

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Hideo Kojima has reportedly been in discussions with Microsoft in recent months over the possibility of developing and releasing his next project exclusively on the Xbox platform. There appears to be some legitimate substance to those rumors, as VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb has now confirmed that both companies have signed a letter of intent for hashing out a publishing agreement for a new Xbox game. Little is known about what Kojima’s planned epic might be, but it will likely capitalize on Microsoft’s cutting-edge cloud technology based on his rumored and fleeting collaboration with Google’s cloud gaming service, Stadia, which gutted its gaming development ambitions earlier this year. Strangely, a number of PlayStation fans have reacted to the exciting news with anger, setting up a change.org petition that calls for Kojima’s Xbox game to be canceled. It accuses Kojima of “betraying his loyal fans” and being “blinded by greed.” The petition is at 245 signatures at the time of this post.

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Last week, Microsoft announced that it had hired Portal and Left 4 Dead developer Kim Swift to oversee partnerships for cloud-based games. Swift most recently worked at Google’s cloud gaming service, Stadia. Microsoft hired her with the purpose of assisting in making Kojima’s cloud game a reality.

Sources: VentureBeat, Change.org, Game Rant

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