Rumor mill has it that Hideo Kojima and Microsoft are in talks to publish Kojima Productions‘ next title, but there’s no affirmation of a deal being closed as of but.

This report got here from journalist and insider Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat, who corroborated theories that the look of Ludens figurine in a Phil Spencer video was teasing a possible exclusivity deal. Microsoft has teased a number of bulletins equally in the previous.

Interestingly, what sparked Grubb’s report was the rumor that Kojima is one way or the other concerned in the recently-announced PlayStation 5 unique, Abandoned. We’re unsure the place this rumor got here from, however Blue Box took to its web site to make clear that it has no affiliation with Kojima. Its assertion reads:

We acquired a number of emails concerning the Hideo Kojima rumor. We haven’t any affiliation with Hideo Kojima nor can we declare to have any affiliation nor was it our intention to say such an announcement. We are a small group of builders engaged on a passionate title we needed to work on for a very long time. We have been helping different studios in the previous with their initiatives and we needed to work on our very first massive undertaking. While it’s true that we’ve been engaged on small initiatives in the previous, we actually didn’t use that for advertising and marketing functions. We hope this has clarified this matter and hope to see you all in our very first gameplay reveal of Abandoned.

According to Grubb, Microsoft pursuing a cope with Kojima is a part of the firm’s efforts to recruit Japanese expertise.

[Source: VentureBeat, Blue Box]