The franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania could be returning anytime soon. According to recent reports, Konami is seeking partnerships with outside studios engaged in the development of new games.
Konami has not produced many video game productions in recent years. Well-known and once-popular brands like Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill are on hold and it is not clear when they will return.
But things could slowly get moving. According to a recent report from VideoGamesChronicle site, Konami is seeking partnerships with outside studios to develop new games in franchises such as Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania.
Konami had resisted this approach in the past. But the failure of games like Metal Gear Survive and Contra: Rogue Corps apparently caused a reassessment of the previous plans.
The report from VGC was fueled by the latest speculation about the future of Silent Hill. Over the past few months and years, there have been insider reports that Konami’s long-neglected Silent Hill franchise is about to be revived.
Among other things, it was said that the next production could be a PS5 exclusive. And recently, Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka hinted at a summer reveal “the one you’ve been hoping to hear about.” Recent rumors even linked the Silent Hill brand with Bloober Team, or at least hoped, that Kojima production would lend a hand.
While Bloober Team cannot be confirmed beyond doubt as to the new Silent Hill developer, VGC reports that the Silent Hill IP was temporarily handed over to a “prominent Japanese developer.” However, it cannot be ruled out that two Silent Hill games are in the works and that speculations about Bloober Team are also going in the right direction.
A third developer was already in discussion: Two people with knowledge of the Japanese publisher’s plans leaked that Konami had originally turned to “Dark Pictures” developer Supermassive to stimulate a restart of Silent Hill. The Supermassive project was ultimately not implemented. But the framework for this game has developed into the episodic “Dark Pictures” titles.