Konami is reportedly set to ramp up its premium game development, pushing forward with new projects and remakes in some of their popular franchises that include Metal Gear, Silent Hill and Castlevania. In the past few years, the company has shifted more towards gambling to sustain its gaming department but is apparently ready to dive back into AAA video games again.
The report comes to us from anonymous sources close to Video Games Chronicle, which have been reputable in the past about leaks and insider information. According to those sources, Konami is allegedly pushing forward with reviving their dormant IPs from Metal Gear Solid to Silent Hill and more. A report earlier this year claimed that Konami had restructured their game development divisions, and want to break into premium game development again.
VGC was able to offer brief details about some of these projects that Konami is allegedly working on. The first will be a Castlevania game, described as a “reimagining” of the series. It’s currently in development internally at Konami, with support from external local studios.
It was previously believed that Bluepoint Games, which were officially acquired by Sony last week, was working on a Metal Gear Solid remake. However, VGC’s sources claim that this is incorrect, and it’s actually in development at Virtuos, which worked as a support studio on games like Battlefield 1, Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn. They were also responsible for the Switch ports of Dark Souls Remastered, The Outer Worlds and The BioShock Collection. VGC states that the project is in its early stages of development and it’s not a remake of the first Metal Gear Solid, but rather Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
The anonymous sources conclude by saying that multiple Silent Hill projects are currently in development. One of them still seems to be in the hands of a “prominent Japanese developer” who is yet to be named. The other is possibly being worked on by The Medium developer Bloober Team, who signed a partnership with Konami this year.
Konami reportedly remains keen on outsourcing their new projects and remakes to external studios. As with all rumours and reports, take this with a pinch of salt for now.
Source: Video Games Chronicle