These days Japanese video game giant, Konami, is best known for its Pro Evolution Soccer games and for letting franchises like Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Metal Gear, among others, rot. Oh, and Konami has pivoted a lot of its resources towards making Japan-exclusive pachinko machine versions of their most popular franchises, so there's that too.
With that said, over the past couple of months, Konami has started to hint that it might be making a comeback to developing actual video games.
At the moment, Konami has confirmed that it is currently working on several key projects, all of which are unnamed. In addition to this, Konami is set to release its first new game in years, titled GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon, for the Nintendo Switch and PC in 2022.
Considering the treasure trove of IPs that Konami is sitting on, we decided to have a little fun. Below, we rounded up five Konami games that we wish were part of the projects that Konami was working on or that would at least make a comeback soon.
So, without further delay, let's get started.
Silent Hill + Silent Hill 2 Remaster
Capcom's Resident Evil franchise might resonate more with mainstream audiences, but it was arguably Silent Hill that put the survival horror video games on the proverbial map. Debuting in 1999, Silent Hill pushed the original PlayStation to its limits, making clever use of a "fog" mechanic to great effect to add more atmosphere to the game despite technical limitations.
Now that consoles like the PlayStation 5 have virtually no resource limit, it's surprising that Konami hasn't gone back to the Silent Hill franchise yet.
Admittedly, the latter offerings following Silent Hill 2 weren't as good. Not to mention, what was supposed to be the next-gen Silent Hill title, P.T, never became a full-fledged game after Konami canceled the project following Hideo Kojima's departure. Even so, the demand for a modern Silent Hill game is still there. Even if Konami did decide to simply "cash in" and go the remake or even remaster route, we highly doubt that it'd end up being a commercial failure.
Working on and releasing a Silent Hill + Silent Hill 2 remaster compilation could help Konami gauge interest to see if working a new Silent Hill game would make sense.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Director’s Cut
If we're being honest, we doubt that a Metal Gear Solid 6 is ever going to be released. Without Hideo Kojima, there would be no Metal Gear Solid. Of course, we'd be glad to be proven wrong. However, the evidence speaks for itself, with Metal Gear Survive failing at every level outside of looking like a half-decent game, which Metal Gear games are not.
Considering that releasing a sequel to Metal Gear Solid 5, which most likely would've been a remake of the original Metal Gear, is a pipe dream at this point, we'll have to settle for wishing for the next best thing.
As it stands, Metal Gear Solid V is one of the best Metal Gear games ever released. Unfortunately, it's incomplete, with numerous unused and unfinished in-game assets available at Konami's disposal.
Should it ever occur to Konami to try and revive the Metal Gear franchise, a good way would be to release a Director's Cut of Metal Gear Solid V. Ideally, this would include Mission 51 and other unrevealed cut content.
Castlevania is Konami's longest-running franchise, with the first game releasing way back in 1986. Since then, Castlevania has been a part of mainstream gaming consciousness. In fact, even non-gamers know about Castlevania too. This is all thanks to Netflix's successful anime adaptation that has at least 4 must-watch seasons.
So, what gives? Why isn't Konami working on a new Castlevania game? Chances are, Konami is hesitant after seeing how Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 flopped.
While it's true that the first game was a commercial and critical success, the sequel's failure might be enough to give Konami a reason to press pause on working on the next Castlevania game, which, no doubt, would have to be a big-budget 3D game. Although, if it were up to us, we'd probably outsource Castlevania to another studio. Preferably, FromSoftware or Bluepoint Studios.
Both studios have proven that they can work on something with the aesthetics like that of Castlevania. All they need to work on then is to tone done the difficulty.
One thing that stands out about Konami is how the company can't seem to stop milking franchises way past being profitable. Case in point, Suikoden.
The first two Suikoden games were brilliant. The others? Not so much. The first two games really hit the nail on the proverbial head when it came to tone and features. The games really made it feel like you were trying to build an entire army of allies all the while expanding the reaches of your castle.
Unfortunately, the sequels strayed a bit too far from what made the first two games great, so it would be awesome to see Konami double back on the franchise's source and release a modern remake that's more like the first Suikoden games.
Since acquiring the rights to Bomberman back in 2011, Konami hasn't really done anything noteworthy to the Bomberman IP. This is a huge shame. The Bomberman franchise is a true classic that can trace its roots way back to 1983. The series was a fixture for most of the 80s and 90s, as well as the early 2000s as the games provided players countless hours of multiplayer fun for years.
With online multiplayer and cross-play now very much expected of any multiplayer game, the time is ripe for a new Bomberman game to arrive and blow its competition out of the water.