Konami Considers Outsourcing Metal Gear And Castlevania To Third Party Developers

It appears that Konami hasn’t completely given up on Silent Hill, Metal Gear, and Castlevania. Yesterday, it was revealed that Bloober Team may be developing a Silent Hill project after the studio said that they had been working on a horror game for over a year “with a very famous gaming publisher.” This could signal a willingness on the part of Konami to outsource some of its IP.

In the past, Konami has rejected third-party development of its IP, including a proposed project by Supermassive Games, the developer of Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures, for a Silent Hill game. The Japanese entertainment conglomerate may be reconsidering its position following the poor reception of 2018’s Metal Gear: Survive, which was a critical and commercial failure, which was developed in-house.

During a stage presentation at TGS 2016, Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear series, was asked if he had been involved with the development of Metal Gear Survive. He responded that the game had “nothing to do with [him],” adding that the Metal Gear series is about “political fiction and espionage,” and that zombies were not part of his vision for the series.

Now, Konami appears to be considering third-party proposals for the Metal Gear and Castlevania franchises, according to VGC. In a poll conducted on PushSquare, readers were asked, “Which developer would you like to see make a new Metal Gear Solid game?” Readers overwhelmingly favored Hideo Kojima’s Kojima Productions, the developer of Death Stranding, with 51% of the votes.

When asked, “Which developer would you like to see make a new Castlevania game?” the decision was more divided with 29% responding FromSoftware, the developer of Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro; 21% responding Capcom, the developer of Devil May Cry and Dragon’s Dogma; 17% voting for Sony Santa Monica Studio, the developer of God of War, and another 17% voting for Platinum Games, the developer of Bayonetta and NieR Automata.

Regardless of which studio Konami might eventually trust to develop its IP, it’s clear than fans want the franchises to continue.

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