Konami, the once-famous game maker that took the lead in AAA development, apparently intends to bring back its biggest franchises, including Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, and Silent Hill.
That’s according to a new report from VGC. On his October 1 episode of VGC Off the Record Podcast, Andy Robinson reported that “Konami is about to step up its premium game development” and that it will include remakes and all-new episodes in shows like Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania and Silent Hill. The news follows an alleged restructuring of the company. which seems to aim to regain a foothold in the world of premium games.
Rumors of a Metal Gear Solid remake have been circulating for some time, often assuming it was developed by Bluepoint Games, the acclaimed team behind the remakes of Shadow of the Colossus and Demon’s Souls. However, today’s report alleges that it is in fact managed by Singapore-based studio Virtuos, previously known for porting major titles such as The Outer Worlds and BioShock: The Collection to new platforms.
More surprising than the team’s reveal, however, is that this may not be a new version of the original Metal Gear Solid that is currently in development. Sources have said that it could instead be Metal Gear Solid 3 getting the remake treatment. Other sources claim that the release of the remake will also be preceded by remasters of some or all of the original Metal Gear Solid titles.
Meanwhile, a new Castlevania game, which would be developed in-house at Konami, will be a complete reimagining of the popular Gothic series. The long-running franchise was rebooted once before in Lords of Shadow in 2010 and saw two subsequent entries into that canon before it died out due to lukewarm backlash from fans. It’s unclear if this upcoming rebirth will share a tie to previous games, but it’s safe to assume that Lords of Shadow’s story is unlikely to be revisited.
As for Silent Hill, rumors of its rebirth have been circulating regularly since the cancellation of Silent Hills in 2012, which was directed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and is said to have been the ninth game in the series. However, things look promising, as sources tell VGC that “several Silent Hill games are currently in development at various external development studios.”
Of course, given the impact each of these franchises has had on the gaming world, it’s no surprise that Konami wants to start bringing them back to life. Metal Gear Solid revolutionized stealth gameplay, Castlevania played half the role in defining the entire Metroidvania genre, and Silent Hill influenced a generation of psychological horror titles. It’s not just games – it’s iconic pieces of history that helped shape the industry into what it is today.
Konami is expected to announce all of these upcoming revivals at events next year. Time will tell if all goes well.