Konami has had a reputation for ruining beloved franchises in favor of chasing the money, but a new report suggests that after several commercial failures, the studio is now more open to outsourcing IPs to other studios, including some major revivals reportedly in development like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania.
We’ve heard many reports that Konami is outsourcing their beloved IPs to external studios, but the new report comes from a leaker with a known track record for confirmed leaks, and this time includes the three big IPs from Konami like Metal Gear, Silent Hill, and Castlevania. The report even mentions that projects for all 3 IPs are currently in development.
The report claims that a Metal Gear revival is currently being worked on by Virtuous, which is a support studio that has worked on many high profile titles before. The project is apparently very early in development and is “centered around” the fan-favorite Metal Gear Solid 3, which could mean anything at this point. But the report also mentions remasters of the original games will launch before the new project’s release.
The Silent Hill project was apparently outsourced to an external Japanese game developer earlier this year. This seems to be the second of 2 new SIlent Hill projects that Konami has apparently greenlit, the other one is supposedly being developed by Bloober Team (creators of Layers of Fear, Blair Witch, and The Medium).
Lastly, the Castlevania project is apparently a revival of the series being developed by Konami’s own Japan studio. There’s little details of what this will be like though, and whether it will be in the same vein as Lords of Shadow 2, or a completely new style or even a remake of one of the original games.
Konami is expected to officially announce these new projects during major shows next year (2022) as they pulled out of E3 2021 this year due to some issues with “timing”. However, they did confirm at the time that they had “a number of key projects” in development, all of which could be referencing the above 3 projects.
What do you think? Would you like to see revivals of Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania? How do you feel about them being outsourced to external studios? Do you have more faith they can be done well? Or do you think Konami will pull another Metal Gear Survive? And which series revival would you most like to see? Let us know your thoughts!