KONAMI has issued a statement on Twitter earlier today to inform its many fans that it will not be attending E3 2021. However, that is purely due to timing, and the publisher confirmed its continued support for the ESA show. Most interesting for KONAMI fans is that a number of ‘key projects’ are in the works and will be revealed later this year.
Due to timing, we won’t be ready to present at E3 this year. We want to reassure our fans that we are in deep development on some important projects, so stay tuned for updates in the coming months. Although we will not be participating this year, we have great respect for ESA and know that E3 2021 will be a great success. We will continue to support ESA and wish all the participants in this year’s show the best.
The rumor mill about long-dormant KONAMI IPs like Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid has been going strong lately. Two months ago, a report from VGC suspected that two games based on these franchises had been outsourced, with Silent Hill possibly in development at Bloober Team.
Three weeks ago, YouTuber ACG-Gaming confirmed that it learned that Metal Gear Solid was indeed ‘up for grabs’ for another developer to work on. Shortly after, even Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter hinted that a remake might be coming.
This year, KONAMI is also expected to release PES 2022, completely remade for PC and the next generation of consoles with Unreal Engine technology. PES 2021 was essentially just a content update with updated teams and rosters, while the developers focused on PES 2022.
In related KONAMI news, the Japanese publisher was one of many major companies (including SEGA, Hasbro and BANDAI NAMCO) to receive a secret ‘friendly investment’ from NEXON.
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