In a bid to economize and maximize income, Konami plans to outsource growth of latest video games in key franchises like Castlevania, Metallic Gear Strong, and Silent Hill to 3rd celebration studios.
Because it fired Hideo Kojima years in the past, Konami’s tempo of recreation releases has slowed down. Proper now Konami earns the lion’s share of its earnings from annualized Professional Evolution Soccer and YuGiOh releases, cellular titles, and pachinko. The corporate remains to be very worthwhile with out large mainline releases (Q3’20 profits were up 65%, for example), and the restricted slate means Konami has sunk much less cash into video games to keep up sure income targets.
Now it seems to be like Konami is continuous this pattern and plans on licensing out franchise rights to different video games firms. Sources inform Video Game Chronicle that Konami’s first-party studios will not develop new Castlevania, Silent Hill, and even Metallic Gear Strong video games, and can as a substitute outsource them to unnamed third-party studios.
It is a good concept for an organization like Konami, who has tailored a lean enterprise mannequin. If true, Konami will change into extra like Disney’s Lucasfilm Games division, a gatekeeper who licenses out the Star Wars IP to a mess of studios however does not truly make video games themselves.
Licensing is comparatively low-risk. Konami will not need to spend tens of hundreds of thousands on video games growth and different related prices, together with advertising, publishing, and worldwide distribution. One other studio will deal with the gruntwork and Konami will acquire royalties on each recreation offered. Konami additionally will not lose dev prices if the sport does poorly.
In fact we do not know who’s making these new video games, or if the rumor is even true, however it does align with Konami’s present construction.
Sources recommend Bloober Staff, the devs behind Layers of Worry, are developing a new Silent Hill reboot. It is also doable Hideo Kojima or Sony Japan Studio is making another unconventional Silent Hill game.
As for Metallic Gear Strong or Castlevania…these are up within the air.