Konami is reportedly interested in reviving popular video game franchises it allowed to fall dormant, including Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid.
Konami’s business has overall taken a dip in the last few years — according to financial disclosures earlier this year, its digital entertainment business is the only part of its business that was growing during the pandemic era.
Now, most likely because it’s seeing how fruitful video games have been in the last year-and-a-half, Konami is allegedly planning to return to the market in a big way.
For a few years now, Konami has been pretty quiet on the premium games front, preferring to focus on their presumably lucrative pachinko content instead.
Back in 2015, it all blew up spectacularly with the cancellation of Silent Hills, the removal of spooky and beloved teaser P.T. from the PlayStation store, and the seemingly acrimonious departure of Hideo Kojima, the studio’s wunderkind — but earlier this year, Konami reassured us all that they “have not ‘shut down’” their video gaming division, despite news of internal restructuring.
Now, we’re finally finding out what they meant. According to anonymous sources who spoke to VGC, the company responsible for the Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, and Silent Hill games will reportedly be reviving them all.
The first new release will be a Castlevania game, say VGC’s sources, who describe it as a “reimagining” of the series that’s being developed internally at Konami.