These hills are far from being silent (pic: Konami)
On top of the most recent Konami rumours, claims of a Kojima Productions Silent Hill project and a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake have surfaced.
We’re going to be writing about Konami rumours forever, aren’t we? Only recently, it was claimed that the company will be re-entering the premium games market in a big way, with new entries and remasters planned for some of its most popular brands.
Since then, a couple more sources have contributed to the claims. Firstly, Gematsu says that it has heard that Konami is outsourcing its Silent Hill series to none other than Kojima Productions.
Previous rumours suggested the exact same thing last year, with Gematsu’s anonymous source also claiming that Sony is funding the project – presumably as an exclusive.
This almost sounds too good to be true considering a Hideo Kojima-made Silent Hill game has been rumoured, speculated, and wished for by fans ever since the cancellation of Silent Hills in 2015.
However, it’s difficult to imagine Kojima would want to work with Konami again considering his departure from the company was less than amicable. Plus, last year, he outright denied the rumours that he was making a Silent Hill game, but perhaps circumstances have changed since then.
Even ignoring Kojima’s involvement, rumours of a new Silent Hill have been going on for years, but never with any kind of evidence.
In February, series composer Akira Yamaoka appeared to tease that he was working on the franchise again but the interview was quickly deleted with no explanation, with the common assumption being that Konami had requested it.
There hasn’t been any Metal Gear games since 2018’s Metal Gear Survive (pic: Konami)
There’s also been long going rumours that Konami will try to revamp Metal Gear and Castlevania, with website VGC suggesting last week that it was something to do with Metal Gear Solid 3. Now, Eurogamer has posited that it could be a full-fledged remake.
Eurogamer’s own sources have said that Konami has considered the idea for a while. At one point, it apparently would have remade the game in the Fox Engine, the same engine used for multiple Pro Evolution Soccer games and the last couple of Metal Gear Solid games.
It also would have repurposed cut scenes that were originally made for the Metal Gear Solid 3 pachinko machine. Obviously, this project never came to be, and Konami has since discontinued the Fox Engine in favour of the Unreal Engine.
For what it’s worth, Konami itself has said that it’s working on some ‘key projects.’ It was meant to take part in E3 2021 but backed out due to ‘timing.’ Coincidentally, Yamaoka said that his new project was going to be announced in the summer, which would have lined up with E3.
The only thing Konami has officially announced as of late is a competition that it has opened for indie developers. As translated by IGN, it’s called the Action & Shooting Game Contest and tasks teams with creating their own games based on one of Konami’s own properties.
It’s only open to teams based in Japan, but Konami has said that it could actually publish some of the entries as official Konami products.
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