Fans of some premiere Konami titles—while not fans of Konami itself—may have some promising news to look forward to. A slew of internet rumors suggests that the gaming company which has angered fans with its treatment of its top IPs may be outsourcing those IPs to other developers, meaning they may just come back with the quality Konami has struggled to meet in recent years.
According to VGC, a Silent Hill game may be in the works with Bloober Team, the studio that handled the recent game The Medium. “We’ve been working for more than a year on another gaming project, another horror IP, and we’re doing this with a very famous gaming publisher,” Bloober Team CEO Piotr Babieno said in a recent interview. “I can’t tell you who. I can’t tell you what the project is, but I’m pretty sure when people realize we’re working on it, they will be very excited.” Considering the horror IPs tied to famous gaming publishers, Silent Hill seems the most likely IP he’s talking about.
This would be different from another report that Konami has outsourced Silent Hill to a prominent Japanese developer, but if it were true, it may mean Konami has two Silent Hill games in the works.
VGC also reports that Konami’s recent failure with Metal Gear Survive has them thinking about outsourcing the next game in the franchise to another company, along with a new game in the Castlevania series, but any results from the rumored deals would be years away.
The rumored outsourcing of Metal Gear led many to think of one name: Hideo Kojima, the auteur of the series who left Konami after multiple disputes, leaving Metal Gear Solid V and the frustratingly-abandoned Silent Hills in his wake.
Konami picks up the phone:
Yes hello Mr. Kojima, we are planning on outsourcing the development of our Metal Gear Solid franchise. How would you feel about developing Metal Gear Solid 6? https://t.co/TV71P0cncP
— MBG (@xMBGx) February 18, 2021
Unless they’re outsourcing it to Kojima Productions, Metal Gear will just be a mere shell of what it once was… ☹😭 https://t.co/FDIMuAoky2
— Nav Gahir 🔴 (@nav_gahir) February 19, 2021
Of course, Kojima wasn’t the only auteur who fans wanted to see handle Silent Hill.
the possibility are endless.
From Software’s Silent Hill? Platinum Game’s Silent Hill directed by Hideki Kamiya? Suda’s Silent Hill?
Hideo Kojima presents….
— Rizki Salminen 🎞 (@tilehopper) February 19, 2021
Of course, this is all speculation, but it’s fun to think about the directions in which these classic gaming franchises may be headed.