Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu recently asked 141 game developers what they are looking forward to in the coming year. One response in particular stood out, as a Konami producer said 2023 would be a big year for the mostly dormant publisher.
According to Insider Gaming, Noriaki Okamura – a Konami producer whose resume includes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Zone of the Enders and Super Bomberman R – is quoted in the article as saying that 2023 will be “a year of many advertisements” for the company. Okamura also called 2023 a “long-awaited” year, although he gave no specific reason.
After switching to the mobile edition in 2015, Konami has slowly re-entered the console scene in recent years. The company has released several retro compilations, including two from the Castlevania franchise and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cowabunga collection, as well as entries in Yu-Gi-Oh! And the eFootball (formerly Pro Evolution Soccer) franchises.
The new emphasis on console games became clear during the Silent Hill Transmission event in October, where several projects for the horror series were confirmed, including a full remake of Silent Hill 2 by Bloober Team and a brand new game called Silent Hill F. Another Silent Hill game, The Short Message, was ranked in Korea in September.
Rumors have also swirled about new entries in the Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania franchises, including a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3 and a “re-imagining” of Castlevania, but these rumors have yet to be confirmed or denied.
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