Konami has reportedly tapped developer Virtuos to develop a new Metal Gear project, believed to be a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake or reimagining, and plans to create new entries in the Castlevania and Silent Hill franchises as well, according to VGC. Metal Gear Solid remasters for modern platforms are apparently also on the way. Following a corporate restructuring, Konami is reportedly focused on reestablishing itself as a developer of “premium” console and PC games with its key franchises. There have not been AAA entries in Metal Gear and Castlevania since 2018’s poorly received Metal Gear Survive and 2014’s Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2.
Rumors that Konami would seek to revisit some franchises such as Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, and Silent Hill have swirled throughout the last few years. Some reports previously indicated Konami may remake the original Metal Gear Solid, but Virtuos’s Metal Gear Solid 3 remake sounds more likely. Eurogamer corroborated the existence of the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake, saying that Konami originally had plans to make it with Metal Gear Solid V’s Fox Engine, but that idea fizzled out. For its part, Virtuos is best known for ports but has contributed to the development of high-profile titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Horizon Zero Dawn, League of Legends, and more.
Silent Hill is another Konami franchise that has been the subject of heavy, ongoing rumors for the last few years. The most prominent of which suggested that the publisher has multiple new games in the series in development, one of which hails from a “prominent Japanese developer” and another from The Medium developer Bloober Team. Rumors intensified when Bloober Team announced a partnership with Konami earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the new Castlevania is reportedly being internally developed at Konami with some support from external studios. It is supposedly a “reimagining” for the franchise, with no further details offered. Konami reportedly plans to showcase its return to AAA video game development sometime next year.