Friday, September 18, 2015

Konami Quits Games (except PES)

     Konami announced earlier today that they were dropping out of AAA game publishing, except for their soccer game PES. This means a few things; no more Metal Gear Solid, no more Castlevania, and no more Silent Hill. Metal Gear Solid was their staple AAA game, and earlier this year, with the firing of Kojima, it seemed all was lost, and now with the director of the Fox Engine quitting along with this announcement, it seems to be the end of Metal Gear. Castlevania's last release was 2014, but its legacy still exists in Symphony of the Night (released in 1997 on the Playstation and Sega Saturn), and we will never have another true Castlevania. Silent Hill's latest game was to be directed by Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro, and the only thing we saw out of it was P.T which was taken off the Playstation Store and then Silent Hills was cancelled.

     What is to come of these beloved franchises, though? Should Konami make their last buck off of selling the rights to the games to other developers? Would Kojima buy the Metal Gear license and continue to iterate on the franchise and make even better games than we saw with Metal Gear Solid V? Should Igarashi buy Castlevania and make another game as good as Symphony of the Night? Should Guillermo Del Toro look to create a great Silent Hills movie? These are very unlikely, it is more likely for Konami to keep and bury these video games. Sadly, these licenses will probably live on through Pachinko machines and nostalgia.

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