Kojima Reportedly in Talks with Xbox as PS5’s Deserted Prompts Conspiracy Theories
All of us felt, right here at Push Sq. Towers, that one thing appeared fishy with the announcement of PlayStation 5 unique Deserted – and clearly we’re not the one ones. The online is at present awash with conspiracy theories, because the seemingly harmless survival recreation attracts monumental consideration. However is there greater than meets the attention right here, or is it genuinely the work of an unknown Dutch indie workforce?
For individuals who missed the information earlier, Deserted was introduced as a “cinematic survival sim” on the PlayStation Weblog. It was a billed as a PS5 unique, prompting promotion on all of Sony’s social channels. It’s common for the platform holder to highlight upcoming software program like this, however one thing felt off with the announcement that we couldn’t fairly put our finger on.
For starters, there’s just about no info on Dutch developer Blue Field Recreation Studios anyplace on the net. The studio’s complete historical past, from what we’ve been in a position to determine, features a failed Kickstarter and a smartphone app. It did have a web site a couple of years in the past, however this was crammed with placeholder graphics, and might solely be accessed by Archive.org. It’s below improvement proper now.
In the meantime, its social media accounts have been deserted for 5 years now, and there’s no point out of this undertaking in any respect. There’s one thing fishy a few studio asserting an enormous undertaking that’s due out this yr, however not even acknowledging the sport’s existence anyplace on-line in any respect.
Moreover, recreation director Hasan Kahraman has virtually no presence on the Web. We did discover a LinkedIn profile registered by somebody who works at BBGS – which we assume is an acronym for Blue Field Recreation Studios – however the web page consists of no different info; there’s no schooling background and no work historical past in any respect. So it’s, admittedly, weird.
In fact, that is the place the conspiracy theories are available. Many have likened the state of affairs to Moby Dick Studios, which was a Hideo Kojima ruse used to announce Metallic Gear Stable V: The Phantom Ache; the auteur employed an identical trick with the now notorious PT demo, which was offered throughout a Sony press convention as a random indie horror recreation – earlier than resulting in the reveal of Silent Hills, after all.
Is that this the work of Kojima, then? Properly, we’re truthfully unsure. The Demise Stranding developer has hinted that it’s priming an announcement quickly, however the Deserted trailer appears too novice to be the work of the ex-Metallic Gear man. We are able to positively see how individuals are making the connection, as a result of that is straight from the veteran’s playbook, however we’re but to be satisfied.
Moreover, whereas we had been researching this text, outspoken Enterprise Beat journalist Jeff Grubb has gone on document with a report that claims Kojima can’t be concerned – as a result of he’s in talks with Microsoft to launch a title on Xbox platforms. Grubb – who’s pretty dependable – goes on to confess that he’s “unsure” whether or not the Redmond agency has closed the deal, however factors to a figurine noticed on boss Phil Spencer’s shelf as a possible trace. We’re not making a phrase of this up!
To be trustworthy, we’ve prevailed over 1000’s upon 1000’s of recreation bulletins on the PlayStation Weblog, and there may be positively one thing unusual about Deserted. We think about extra sleuthing will unfold over the approaching days – and it’ll be amusing if it turns on the market actually is a small Dutch workforce behind the undertaking, questioning what the hell is occurring.
As for the way forward for Kojima, properly that’s going to be an entire different drama it appears…