Take this news with a very big grain of salt, but it looks like Konami is going to resurrect some of its most popular IPs in Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Metal Gear Solid — And is looking to work on some new games based on those properties with outsourced companies.
According to a report by VGC, The Medium developer Bloober Team is rumored to be working on a new Silent Hill game — which its CEO Piotr Babieno chimed in on with Gl.biz and said it would cause quite a stir when revealed.
“We’ve been working for more than a year on another gaming project, another horror IP, and we’re doing this with a very famous gaming publisher,” he said. “I can’t tell you who. I can’t tell you what the project is, but I’m pretty sure when people realize we’re working on it, they will be very excited.”
While it still remains to be seen if the game is indeed a new installment in the franchise, Konami isn’t stopping there — as the report has also stated the Japanese developer and publisher is also rumored to have approached Dark Pictures games developer Supermassive on making a Silent Hill game as well. The company is also looking to develop new Castlevania and MGS games, but those are still far off in the future.
Separate sources told VGC that the Japanese Silent Hill project was something of a departure from past Silent Hill games, so this also matches suggestions that Konami was looking to license alternative takes on the horror series.
Konami’s Japanese bosses are understood to have historically pushed back against most pitches to outsource their key games brands, which is a big reason why the Supermassive game wasn’t greenlit.
However, following the disappointing performance of recent in-house titles Metal Gear Survive and Contra: Rogue Corps, sources said the company has become more willing to contract outside studios for its major franchises.
In addition to Silent Hill, sources said that Konami also has plans to work on Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid games via external companies, but any potential releases are still years away.
We previously reported that Akira Yamaoka was teasing a new game he was working on for the summer — which was rumored to be the aforementioned new Silent Hill game.