Considering that Kojima Productions is nowhere near the biggest developer in the world, it seems absurdly busy at the moment. The Japanese team has Death Stranding 2: On the Beach slated for 2025, it's collaborating with Xbox on OD, and now there's a new IP in the works funded by Sony. That is a lot of work for a relatively small studio, and given the fact this new title will only properly enter production once Death Stranding 2 is complete, it begs the question: has the first PS6 game just been announced right under our noses?
Let's look at some projected timelines. A console generation usually lasts anywhere from six to eight years, and after the PS5's launch in 2020, the PS6 has probably been pencilled in for release somewhere around 2027 or 2028. If Physint, as it's being referred to, is only entering production "in earnest at Kojima Productions after Death Stranding 2" is complete, then the team is going to need at least another few years before it's ready to put that out also. The release of OD also has to fit in there somewhere — which will take up resources — though it seems that may be a slightly smaller release than a Death Stranding game. If this all lines up and Kojima Productions encounters few development issues, then a launch in 2027 or 2028 may be realistic. At that point, we could be looking at a cross-gen title for PS5 and PS6.
Hideo Kojima himself has even described the "action espionage" video game meets movie as something for the "next generation". He continues: "It will be created using cutting-edge technology and the best talents from around the world, both from film and video games. Of course this is an interactive 'game', but the look, story, theme, cast, acting, fashion, sound, etc... are all at the next level of 'Digital Entertainment' that could be called a 'movie'."
So, could Physint actually be the first PS6 game we know about, even though platforms weren't confirmed during the State of Play livestream last night? What do you think? Do the timelines line up for this project to come to Sony's next console? Share your thoughts in the comments below.