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Do you hear that? Out in the distance, you can hear thousands of angry fanboys continuing to fight online in the endlessly sad console war. The latest battle involves Metal Gear and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima and his independent studio deciding to do business with Microsoft and work on an Xbox-exclusive game. This, to some, is high treason. And seemingly in response to those angry fans (as well as to genuinely curious onlookers), Kojima Productions has issued a statement reassuring people that it will continue to work with Sony and PlayStation in the future.
Over the weekend, Microsoft held a big Xbox and Bethesda video game showcase. During the event—which featured a lot of trailers, new gameplay of Starfield, announcements, and more— Kojima appeared for a very brief segment. Basically, the famous video game designer showed up to say “Hey, I’m making a game with Xbox using cloud tech…uh…I’ll have more to say later!”
Pretty harmless stuff. And sure, it’s a bit silly that Kojima simply making a game has become a monumentally important bit of news, but hey, Death Stranding and MGS3 were really good. So, like, I get it, I guess. But know who doesn’t, in fact, “get it” and is angry about all this? Insane PlayStation fanboys. I’m not talking about the people who prefer playing PS5 over Xbox Series X or who like God of War more than Halo. I’m talking about the deranged console fans who have more in common with right-wing nutjobs or crazed cultists than with most gamers.
And these particular folks are mad.
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Some of them have already started at least one petition begging Kojima to cancel his Xbox game, lamenting that some people can’t afford an Xbox or don’t like cloud gaming. (This ignores that the game will likely appear on PC and could even be a streaming-only thing playable on phones and laptops…) You can quickly also find numerous angry posts and tweets below any news about Kojima’s Xbox deal if you start digging around online.
So, seemingly in response to all this and to people questioning what this might imply about Kojima relationship with PlayStation, the company issued a statement on Twitter confirming what you probably already guessed: As an independent studio, it’s able to work with multiple partners and companies at the same time.
After the announcement of our partnership with Microsoft using the cloud technology, many people have asked us about our collaboration with SIE [Sony Interactive Entertainment]. Please be assured that we continue to have a very good partnership with PlayStation as well.
Kotaku has also reached out to Kojima Productions about the statement, but this type of setup, where a company works with other companies at the same time on multiple projects, is very common, and it’s weird so many angry fans are acting as if Kojima has personally betrayed them.
But when you base your entire personality and life around specific plastic boxes and brands, you tend to suffer from some brain worms.