Hideo Kojima and Microsoft have reportedly signed a letter of intent to come to an agreement on a publishing deal for a brand-new Xbox game, according to GamesBeat.
While news surrounding the award-winning Japanese video game designer, director, producer and writer's negotiations with Xbox has been out and about throughout the past year, this report reveals that after "months" of discussions, the potential blockbuster partnership is making a tangible step forward towards becoming official.
Signing a letter of intent, albeit far from the same thing as signing a contract, is a major milestone when it comes to any collaborative efforts between a publisher and a developer.
Although both of the legal teams representing the two gaming titans will continue hashing out the finer details of the deal to make it set in stone, this letter of intent acts as a symbol of good faith that the Metal Gear Solid creator and the Xbox company want to work with one another.
Along with the move, Microsoft has already gotten the ball rolling for a Kojima-Xbox-exclusive game as the company already announced last week that they had hired Kim Swift, a former Valve developer for Portal and Left 4 Dead, to "collaborate with independent studios to build games for the cloud."
That ties into the GamesBeat report that although few people actually know what Kojima's vision for an Xbox game is and will be, the focus of a partnership between the two would be to "unlock the creativity of Kojima Productions using Microsoft’s technology as opposed to greenlighting a specific pitch."
In the mean time, Kojima Productions continues to focus on the release of Death Stranding: Director's Cut for Sony's PlayStation 5.
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