Sony has reportedly landed exclusivity deals with Konami for several of the publisher’s games and IPs including Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid and the next Castlevania game. While nothing has been officially announced yet from either party, we know that the upcoming Silent Hill 2 remake from Bloober Team will be a PS5 console exclusive (also releasing on PC). That might’ve marked the start of PlayStation and Konami’s partnership.
The report originates from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who recently spoke on Twitter regarding Sony striking up exclusivity discussions with Konami. Corden claimed that Sony just landed a deal with the publisher to bring Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and potentially a new Castlevania to PS5. It’s unclear if this will be full exclusivity or console exclusivity (like the Silent Hill 2 remake), though this shouldn’t really come as a surprise.
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Sony reportedly quietly blocked franchises like Final Fantasy from appearing on Xbox consoles, though this should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s possible that Square Enix simply favours PlayStation over its competitor since Sony has a larger market presence in Japan. That said, a similar situation could be unfolding with Konami right now and Xbox players might never be able to experience new Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania or Silent Hill games on that platform.
Several years ago, rumours surfaced that Sony was looking to acquire or use some of Konami’s IPs since the publisher moved away from publishing AAA games (referred to as the “dark pachinko phase”). It’s possible that this recent deal might’ve arose from talks that happened back then already.
In related news, Konami was reportedly preparing to make a big splash at E3 this year before the event was cancelled. Reports suggested that Konami had new Metal Gear Solid games to show including a reboot of the Castlevania series.
Source: Jez Corden