Konami has officially begun a partnership with Layers of Fear, Observer, and The Medium developer Bloober Team that will see the two companies share "development of contents and the exchange of know-how". Of course, this news only further fuels heavy speculation that Bloober Team is working on one of the next entries in the Silent Hill series. Earlier this year, the developer said it was working on a horror game with a "very famous gaming publisher". Konami fits that bill, and now here's confirmation the two parties are working together.
Piotr Babieno, Bloober Team president, said: "It is a historic day for me and the culmination of several years of our work. The fact that such a renowned company as KONAMI has decided to strategically cooperate with the Bloober Team means that we also joined the world leaders in gaming and became an equal partner for the leading players in this market." Konami representative director and president Hideki Hayakawa then adds: "We look forward to combining Bloober Team’s and our respective characteristics and strengths to create high-quality contents."
Video Games Chronicle, the original source of these claims, has also expanded on speculation today by stating one of Bloober Team's projects is indeed related to Silent Hill. "However, VGC understands that Konami has already outsourced at least one other Silent Hill project to a prominent developer in Japan."
One other rumour the announcement now lends further weight to is that Konami is looking to outsource its IPs. The Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania franchises were mentioned towards the beginning of this year — with new instalments still years away — but a new Silent Hill game from a "prominent Japanese developer" is supposedly being readied for a reveal this summer. Of course, Bloober Team is Polish and not Japanese so this particular title isn't the one in question. However, with today's official update taken into account, it very much looks like Bloober Team could indeed be producing a new Silent Hill title alongside Konami.