KONAMI has had a turbulent last decade, and its once world-renowned franchises like Castlevania and Metal Gear now feel more synonymous with pachinko than video games.
However, this year has seen a series of announcements that have seen some of the popular franchises revived.
Suikoden is getting a highly anticipated remaster and Silent Hill 2 will be re-released along with a bunch of other interesting Silent Hill-based games.
It seems that despite its rocky start, eFootball has garnered enough interest that Konami is realizing the value of games and is bringing back some of its classics.
GLHF spoke to David Monk, Senior Partnerships and Activations Manager, to see if Konami was feeling the winds of change internally.
“Completely. It’s a good analogy. If you say wind of change, I would say innovation.
“And I’d say groundbreaking to an extent because it’s a really strong portfolio of stocks coming out.
“Well, as we have seen Silent Hill, there is an opportunity that comes in a series [of games] that will be released.
“And will be really, really cool for everyone who loved all the historical titles and the IP.”
It seems that Konami not only has Silent Hill in its sights, but is also looking at other series in its incredible library.
He explains: “We can continuously develop this further and bring it to a new technological basis. That’s really important for us.”
When Silent Hill 2 was announced, it wasn’t the only game in the long-forgotten series.
Alongside the Bloober Team project, a Bandersnatch-style interactive drama, Silent Hill: Ascension, and an old-school horror, Silent Hill f, have been announced.
Rumors of Silent Hill’s revival swirled ahead of the official announcement, and similar rumors have surfaced about other popular IPs.
Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania are the series most likely to make a comeback, but maybe only if Silent Hill performs as expected.
Virtuos Games was apparently working on a Snake Eater remaster, although that hasn’t been announced yet.
Konami said on Metal Gear’s 35th anniversary that there are plans for a comeback, but something more concrete remains a mystery.
Written by Paolo Sirio and Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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