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Microsoft partners with Kojima Productions on cloud-powered Xbox game

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Microsoft has announced a partnership with Kojima Productions, set to deliver an all-new Xbox game under its Xbox Game Studios publishing arm.

While details are tight, the announcement pitches a new project leveraging Microsoft's "cutting edge cloud technology" to push a "never-before-seen-concept." Founder and revered video game director Hideo Kojima unveiled the partnership as a part of the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday, though details remain scarce on the project.

Kojima Productions is working on a "completely new game" according to the founder, tapping into Microsoft's Azure cloud empire to power the concept. The title will mark the second project from Kojima Productions as an independent studio following the 2019 release of Death Stranding.

"With Microsoft’s cutting edge cloud technology and the change in the industry’s trend, it has now become possible to challenge myself to make this never-before-seen-concept. It may take some time, but I’m looking forward to teaming up with Xbox Game Studios and hope to bring you some exciting news in the future."

First details on the Microsoft and Kojima Productions partnership surfaced in a Try Hard Guides report last Tuesday, with the studio reportedly working on a horror game titled "Overdose." The report claims the title will star Margaret Qualley, returning from the studio’s previous work on Death Stranding. The outlet later stated Kojima Productions asked for the report’s removal, lending credence to the enclosed details.

The Xbox partnership could see Kojima Productions’ highly anticipated return to the horror scene following the cancellation of its Konami-backed Silent Hills project once slated for PlayStation 4. The studio released its critically acclaimed P.T. “playable teaser” for the title in 2014, though later canceled the project in the following year. The studio later released Death Stranding, backed by a high-profile cast, and initially exclusive to PlayStation consoles.

With no release date in sight, it appears the Kojima Productions project remains a long way out from a full reveal, let alone locking in a firm release date.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.