Could Konami’s stranglehold on his beloved series like Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill finally loosen? While Konami may be a shadow of its former self in terms of game development, it nonetheless has rich ownership of its extensive IP catalog, although that may change. Konami is now looking to partner with outside studios to create new listings in franchise businesses like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Castlevania, according to a new report from the trusted Andy Robinson of Video Games Chronicle. Konami has resisted this approach in the past, but apparently the failure of games like Metal Gear Survive and Contra: Rogue Corps has changed the mind-set of the diehard company.
VGC’s report was fueled by recent speculation about the future of Silent Hill. Over the past few months and years, we’ve heard persistent insider reports that Konami’s long-neglected Silent Hill franchise has been revived, with a Sony-developed PS5 exclusive being the most persistent rumor. Recently, Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka hinted at a summer reveal for “the one you hope to hear about”.
Today, a new GamesIndustry.biz interview with Piotr Babieno, CEO of the Bloober team, tarnished the water further when he claimed the studio was working on a new horror game with a “very famous gaming publisher” that fans ” will be very enthusiastic ”. Akira Yamaoka recently worked with Bloober Team on The Medium, so naturally people concluded that “what you hope to hear about” is actually a Silent Hill game developed by Bloober Team.
We now return to VGC’s report – although they haven’t stopped speculation about a Silent Hill bloober team, they say the Silent Hill IP has already been awarded to a “prominent Japanese developer” with a reveal for this summer. Could this be the rumored Sony project? We just have to wait and find out. It should be noted that rumors have been around for a while that several new Silent Hill projects are in the works, so Bloober Team and Sony, who are taking over the franchise, aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.
There is a lot to see! What do you think? Who, if any, is working on the next Silent Hill game (or Silent Hill games)? If Konami actually loosens the reins of its intellectual property, which franchises and studios would you like to see paired up?