Yeah, heard the same.
Tbh I think the deal is done, otherwise Phil wouldn't tease it on his shelf.
Kind of funny, Sony 'gets' Remedy and Xbox 'gets' Kojima, we've done a swap...Remedy used to focus on Xbox, now working on a Playstation exclusive, Kojima used to focus on Playstation, now working on a Xbox exclusive, Lol, both love using real life actors too with a cinematic focus.
Just hope Kojima doesn't ask for some ridiculous budget, dude needs to chill on the real life actors, nobody cares. Death Stranding would have sold around the same with or without Norman Reedus, Mads, Del Toro, etc.
But Microsoft right now feels like they're in a "don't give a shit" mode with their cash, from splashing it on Game Pass deals to all the acquisitions to the rumours of huge budgeted titles, even from studios who have never done an AAA like InXile, Lol. Microsoft is just tossing cash around.
I think it'll be more interesting to see if Kojima is respected that much in Japan that if he praises about how good working with Microsoft is, it can convince other Japanese developers to come onboard because Xbox has kind of treated Japan crap in recent history. Two prong attack of Mikami and Kojima, Mikami is cooler dou. Don't particularly care for Kojima or his games but everyone loses their shit over him, especially in the media, so it'll be a bit of a marketing win too...