It has been virtually two years since Hideo Kojima’s first post-Konami sport, Death Stranding, was launched on PS4 after which subsequently on PC. Fans have been curious to know what Kojima’s subsequent inventive endeavor within the video games trade could be, and whereas there have been loads of rumors and reviews, one which stands out is an Xbox-exclusive title.
Kojima’s rumored Xbox sport debate started when eagle-eyed followers seen a Ludens Statue – Kojima Productions’ mascot – sitting subsequent to the Xbox brand on Phil Spencer’s shelf throughout a livestream. Multiple rumors have emerged, with a report from Jeff Grub seemingly confirming the truth that Kojima Productions is in talks with Xbox to publish its subsequent sport. While this rumored collaboration has countless potentialities, Kojima’s Xbox sport ought to be totally different from Death Stranding in plenty of methods.
Death Stranding was a contemporary, formidable undertaking from Kojima Productions that stood out for its distinctive gameplay mechanics and asynchronous multiplayer part. While the core gameplay loop was enjoyable and fascinating, many mocked it for being a “strolling simulator,” thus limiting it from being accessible to a big selection of gamers. Death Stranding – in a number of methods – is a vastly totally different expertise from Kojima’s Metal Gear video games, and it is no shock that individuals who had been anticipating it to be related had been dissatisfied.
Death Stranding‘s unique nature and never adhering to a broader viewers had implications, as the sport ended up performing underwhelmingly in comparison with Sony’s first-party video games like God of War (2018) and Marvel’s Spider-Man. However, Death Stranding had the benefit of transport to a platform that has been dwelling to Kojima Productions’ video games for the reason that starting, and because of this it managed to generate sufficient income to cowl the sport’s growth price and safe funding for the following undertaking. With Kojima’s subsequent sport rumored to be on Xbox, the studio might be catering to a brand new viewers, and as such, ought to make this sport extra inclusive structure-wise.
Xbox has primarily been dwelling to some unimaginable first-person and third-person shooter video games, and the continuing technology additionally appears to crown Xbox as the home of western RPGs. Kojima has delivered among the most interesting stealth-shooter experiences within the type of Metal Gear video games, most of that are additionally on Xbox. With this rumored new Xbox unique title, Kojima has the chance to craft one thing distinctive that ought to particularly enchantment to the Xbox viewers. There is all the time the opportunity of Death Stranding 2 being an Xbox unique just like The Outer Worlds 2 and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, however not like the latter, a brand new sport within the Death Stranding franchise is probably not adequate for Kojima Productions to search out its footing within the Xbox household.
A brand new entry in an current common franchise or a brand-new IP that is extra accessible and interesting to a various viewers is a tried and examined method to compel avid gamers to transition to a brand new platform. For occasion, the following entry within the critically acclaimed Half-Life collection, Half-Life: Alyx, was a VR sport that led to an amazing enhance within the gross sales of VR headsets. Hideo Kojima’s rumored cloud-based Xbox sport must be an analogous spotlight for Xbox cloud gaming that compels extra individuals to try to nurture this next-gen gaming platform.
Early reviews from this yr appear to counsel that Kojima was engaged on an episodic horror sport for Google Stadia that obtained canceled. A horror sport might stand out in Xbox’s ecosystem. In a time when Capcom has delivered the most assured Resident Evil sport ever, and Dead Space is all set to return, Kojima might fill within the void that the beloved PT that would. Fans have to attend for any official bulletins, although given Kojima’s nature they need to anticipate to be stunned if nothing else.
Death Stranding is obtainable on PC, PS4, and PS5.