Konami Hints At Outsourcing More Of Its IPs To Outside Studios
A recent interview has revealed that Konami is looking to outsource more of its franchises after the positive reception of the return of GetsuFumaDen.
Speaking with JPGames (via VGC), GetsuFumaDen’s producer Shin Murato was asked whether Konami’s decision to partner with developer GuruGuru on the project means that the publisher will be looking to outsource more of its IP in the future:
“We are continually inspired by various indie titles, and how they innovate and produce exciting games,” explains Murato. “We felt that GetsuFumaDen would be an interesting IP to bring back to follow this indie approach, and so we decided to contact GuruGuru as we know the team well.”
In regards to working with more outside studios, Murato simply stated “wait for future projects like this” almost confirming that Konami is indeed working with other studios to bring back some of its older franchises. There’s no telling as to whether these studios are smaller indie studios like GuruGuru or larger, more renowned developers, but it’s clear that Konami is starting to soften to the idea of allowing outside studios to work with its IP.
According to VGC’s sources, Konami had been particularly hesitant to outsource its biggest properties but has become more willing after the disappointing performances of both Metal Gear Survive and Contra: Rogue Corps. Several reports have surfaced over the past year that Konami might even be using outside studios to make new games for both Silent Hill and Metal Gear, with the latter rumored to be a Bluepoint-style remake of the original Metal Gear Solid.
If you’re hoping for some of these mystery projects to be announced at E3, then you’re out of luck. Konami recently issued a statement explaining that the publisher will be skipping E3 entirely this year, but claims to have multiple projects in “deep development.” Konami also claimed that the reason it’s skipping E3 is “due to timing”, showing us that the publisher isn’t quite ready to reveal anything and that any future projects from Konami may be a couple of years away at least.
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