Rumor: Konami is working on new Metal Gear, Castlevania and Silent Hill games
Konami is back to making Metal Gear, Castlevania and Silent Hill games, report Video Games Chronicle indicated.
Citing anonymous sources from Konami’s publishing team, VGC reports that Konami is preparing to make further installments in all three series. First on the agenda is a “reimagining” of Castlevania, which is currently in development at Konami’s Japanese studio, with support from outside studios.
The Metal Gear revival is reportedly being worked on by Virtuos, a major support studio that has been involved in many other games including Jedi: Fallen Order, The Last of Us Part 2, Devil May Cry, NBA 2K20 and League. of Legends. Most notably, he led co-development on the Switch versions of Dark Souls Remastered, BioShock Collection and The Outer Worlds. He also contributed to the art of Uncharted 4, Battlefield 1, and Horizon Zero Dawn.
VGC reports that the Metal Gear project is in development and will be “focused on” Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater rather than modern entries. I’m not 100% sure what this is supposed to mean, but I guess it could follow more of Big Boss ala Metal Gear Solid 5 exploits.
If that wasn’t enough for Metal Gear, Konami is also reportedly planning to release remasters of the original games ahead of the main cover release.
Finally, several Silent Hill games are reportedly in the works, including a subcontract to an external Japanese developer earlier this year.
Technically, Konami never stopped making mainstream games, even after Hideo Kojima’s unceremonious departure in 2015. Business turned largely to making pachinko slots, but Konami released the Metal Gear Survive. in 2018. He also published the Metroidvania inspired by ukiyo-e art GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon earlier this year, and Wes thought it was great as hell. Contra: Rogue Corps was much, much less rad.
The most recent version from Konami is eFootball, the replacement for Pro Evolution Soccer. Overall, the reception was extremely negative, with EFootball is fast becoming the lowest rated game on Steam, although Rich noted that many of these negative Steam reviews have very little recorded playtime and may just attempt to criticize the game.
It will be interesting to see how fans of each respective franchise react to the new games. For many, Hideo Kojima is Metal Gear, and the franchise would potentially lose some of its wacky design without it. Kojima was of course also working on Silent Hills, which we got a taste of through PT’s infamous demo, but his departure from the company dashed those hopes.
VGC sources say Konami has relaxed its stance on using external studios in recent years, thanks to the aforementioned business failures.