Do you remember when Konami made video games? Not even good ones, just video games in general.
For a company that owns iconic IPs such as Silent Hill, Castlevania, Metal Gear, Bomberman, and even Dance Dance Revolution, the Japanese corporation has not worked on a new title for a long time. The only work Konami has done recently is update content for its 2019 title, eFootball PES 2020.
So, when a new Konami game is announced, it doesn't go unnoticed, even if it's from one of their least-known franchises.
GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon to Release on Steam and Switch
GetsuFumaDen: Undying moon is the latest game from Konami, which is just the second game in the Getsu Fuma Den franchise (we don't even know if it's right to call it that) that started with the first Japan-exclusive side-scrolling action-adventure game for the Family Computer developed and released by Konami way back in 1987.
Much like the little-known 1987 title, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is a side-scroller. However, it will feature relatively modern elements, including blending classic Castlevania gameplay with rogue elements.
The game is currently under development by GuruGuru and Konami Digital Entertainment. It is expected to launch for the Nintendo Switch and the PC in 2022. However, those interested to find out what the new Konami game is like won't have to wait too long. GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon will be available as early as May 13 via the Steam Early Access program on the PC.
Speaking of the Steam Early Access program, those who sign up will also receive a port of the original title. This will mark the first time that the game will make its way to a non-Nintendo console since Konami ported it over to the Wii, 3DS, and Wii U over the years.
One thing that stands out the most about GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is how the game looks. It's very reminiscent of the traditional Japanese art style. In a way, it looks very similar to the classic Capcom title, Okami. However, unlike the 2006 game, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is looking like it'll play more like the side-scrolling Castlevania games of old.
As per the game's description, it will see players fight against "brutal, larger-than-life bosses" in a journey that will see them travel through the very depths of Hell in the hopes of putting a stop to a world-ending event.
What’s Next for Konami?
As mentioned earlier, Konami hasn't made a splash in the video game industry for a long time. However, it's not like they've pulled out of the industry either. The upcoming title, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon, is proof of that.
With that said, one can't help but wonder what Konami has been up to in recent years.
In February, the Japanese corporation restructured its internal departments. Many predicted that this spelled the end of Konami's time developing video games. However, it was actually just a move to consolidate all their existing departments. In fact, several key individuals in Konami remain with the company.
Coincidentally, this new game comes just days after leakers suggested that Konami was working on a Metal Gear Solid Collection for the PS5. The bundle would reportedly contain remastered versions of the first four mainline Metal Gear Solid games.