Blue Box Says Abandoned is Not, in Fact, a Kojima Game

Despite the internets hope of a deeper conspiracy, Abandoned from developer Blue Box Games is not a secret Kojima project, just a new cinematic survival sim coming to PS5

Abandoned is a new eerie and cinematic survival sim coming exclusively to PlayStation 5 from developer Blue Box Games. The studio announced the game via the PlayStation Blog on April 7 and included a first-glimpse trailer alongside it. From what we know, it will feature a deep and detailed world along with more realistic survival mechanics and launch in Q4 2021. 

But no, it is not a hidden-in-plain-sight Hideo Kojima game, according to the developer. Regardless of the aesthetic parallels, Abandoned is Blue Box Games' newest title. 

The clarification comes after Blue Box Games announced Abandoned and horror/Kojima fans/the internet thought their latest project was secretly a Hideo Kojima game in a clever disguise. 

The statement reads

We received several emails regarding the Hideo Kojima rumor. We have no association with Hideo Kojima nor do we claim to have any association nor was it our intention to claim such a statement. We are a small group of developers working on a passionate title we wanted to work on for a long time.

We have been assisting other studios in the past with their projects and we wanted to work on our very first big project. While it is true that we've been working on small projects in the past, we certainly didn't use that for marketing purposes. We hope this has clarified this matter and hope to see you all in our very first gameplay reveal of Abandoned.

It was noted by Jeff Grubb of Venture Beat that Abandoned is definitely not a Kojima product because the developer is allegedly in talks with Microsoft for a potential future project  and not Sony. However, that deal hasn't been confirmed by Microsoft as of this writing, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Whatever the case may be when it comes to Hideo Kojima, his next project, and Microsoft, Abandoned does look incredibly interesting. IGN reports that the game may even be getting a demo and alpha test in the coming months. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we learn more about this latest addition to PlayStation 5's library of exclusive games. 

[Sources: PlayStation Blog, Venture Beat]


David is a Freelance Video Game Journalist who never got over how GlaDOS lied to him about cake. He only eats pie now.

Published Apr. 8th 2021

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