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New rumors suggest that Konami is looking to outsource the developments of its best-known sagas, and not only Silent Hill, of which some projects are underway – one of them in charge of a Japanese studio -: this policy will also affect Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania. VGC has expanded its initial article dedicated to the statements of Bloober Team that claims to work on a new horror video game “with a very famous editor” where they also give credibility to one of the rumors of the last months: there is at least one studio preparing a Silent Hill reboot, although they do not mention Sony’s Japan Studio, which is what some sources claim.
It is not the first time that Konami has outsourced some of its key sagas, in fact most of the last Silent Hill were not created in the company – not even in Japan – and the Castlevania Lords of Shadow triloga was the work of the Madrid studio MercurySteam. According to CVG, the management of Konami had been reluctant to this idea and that was one of the reasons for the cancellation of a Silent Hill project in the hands of Supermassive Games, later transformed into the episode series Dark Pictures published by Bandai Namco. Nevertheless, events of the last few years have caused Konami to change its mind.
I’ve updated my Silent Hill piece with additional context on Konami’s strategy, via well-placed sources:
– Konami cooled on outsourcing IPs after MG Survive & Contra flops
– Supermassive Silent Hill pitch turned into Dark Pictures
– Plans to outsource Castlevania & MGS too Andy Robinson (@AndyPlaytonic) February 18, 2021
“Following the disappointing performance of recent internal developments Metal Gear Survive and Contra: Rogue Corps, sources say the company is more willing to hire outside studios for its main sagas. In addition to Silent Hill, sources say that Konami also plans to work on Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid games with outside companies, but any potential release still has many years to go“.
Well known licenses but no developer teams within Konami
When Hideo Kojima left Konami in 2015, not only did the director of Metal Gear Solid leave, but also much of the former Kojima Productions, Konami’s main development studio of the last decade. Metal Gear Survive, a multiplayer survival game launched in 2018 but fell far short of the usual good reception of the saga in criticism and sales. Con: Rogue Corps arrived in 2019 and was heavily criticized by fans.
CVG does not mention if Konami has managed to find studios for Metal Gear and Castlevania, nor the type of budget they were targeting. Castlevania for example could return as a 2D adventure, which is precisely what Koji Igarashi did with his spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.