Today on VGC Off the Record, Andy Robinson dropped a juicy Konami rumor. According to Robinson, they’ve finally decided to return full force to AAA game development with revivals for most of their big franchises. Konami’s internal dev teams are working with outside companies to create new entries in the Castlevania, Metal Gear, and Silent Hill franchises. In addition to the all-new titles, they’re also planning remasters of past favorites.
Castlevania, Metal Gear, and Silent Hill
According to Robinson’s sources, the new Castlevania game will be a re-imagining of the franchise. The game is primarily being developed internally at Konami Japan with support from others. As previously reported, Robinson believes there are multiple Silent Hill projects in the works. Konami has apparently outsourced work on these projects to more than one studio, including one prominent Japanese developer.
Finally, Robinson reports that there’s a Metal Gear remake project in the works, as well as plans for a remaster collection on modern consoles. The former is very early in development at a Chinese studio, and Robinson believes it’s a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3, rather than the first game. A remastered collection is likely to release before the full remake.
If this is all true, this could be a major revival for a company that has seen a massive fall from grace. Robinson expects that Konami will start to show off some of these projects next year, though COVID makes any trade show plans iffy. And while Castlevania and Silent Hill projects may emerge sooner, it will likely be a while before we see the new Metal Gear.