A pretty convincing rumor has surfaced on prominent gaming forums and news outlets. According to it, Konami has plans for Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill revivals. This supposedly was “leaked” to VGC via publishers who wanted to remain anonymous.
Konami was pretty silent with its releases over the past 3 years. That is if you live outside of Japan or you are only interested in their mainstream stuff. Momotaro Dentetsu for Nintendo Switch developed in-house by Konami sold 3 million copies since last year. A very impressive score considering that it only launched in Japan. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution was a multi-platform release. It was both critically and financially successful.
But overseas the company is pretty much inactive. As the gaming world remembers only Contra: Rogue Corps, and Metal Gear Survive from the recent years of company activity. And they are naturally remembered for all the wrong reasons. So it comes as no surprise that gamers are cautious of such rumors.
Is Konami turning over a new leaf?
The company restructured earlier this year. This restructure is the result of their new goal as a company. And this new goal seems to be bringing its biggest IPs back into the “premium games” sphere. Part of this effort is following games according to this anonymous leaker.
Namely, a Castlevania game developed by Konami with the help of some external studios. A reimagining of the franchise.
Metal Gear Solid, on the other hand, will receive a remake. This has been speculated for quite some time. But according to this informant, Snake Eater, the third installment is getting the treatment, not the first game. Supposedly by Virtuos studios, located in Singapore, a company that helped develop many high-profile video games by now.
And last, but not least. A handful of external studios contracted by Konami are working on multiple Silent Hill games right now.
This seems exciting at first. But then as readers who know anything about Konami will notice, we have seen all of this before. Castlevania was already “reimagined” multiple times by Konami. Rarely with great results. Silent Hill has been nothing but external studious making games for at least 4 installments, and 14 years now. If history is anything to go by, Konami is terrible at picking those external studios.
But this still might produce some pleasant results. If any one word spoken by this informant is to be true, naturally. So all we can do is be cautiously optimistic. Konami might share more information on these projects next year. Once all cards are on the table, then we will know what we are dealing with.