Konami is reportedly planning to revive its Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania franchises as it maps a return to the premium game space following an internal restructure at the start of this year. That's according to sources speaking to VGC, who claim the company wants to focus on its biggest brands after exploring the Pachinko business for the past decade. Plans for the series revivals are set to be officially announced next year at various industry events, with the first to release being a new Castlevania game.

Sources tell VGC this new title will be a "reimagining" of the franchise, and is in development at Konami Japan, with local external teams lending support.

Onto Metal Gear Solid and the website in question reports that a full remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is currently in the works, developed by Virtuous. Prior to the remake's launch, remasters of the original titles will also be released. The report doesn't disclose exactly which entries are receiving remasters, but we have to assume Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be included. Sony's newly acquired studio Bluepoint Games is apparently not involved with any of these projects.

Finally, VGC reiterates its earlier claims that "multiple Silent Hill games are currently in development at various external development studios". One of these projects has reportedly been handed to a big Japanese developer.

So, the report claims we have the following to look forward to over the coming years:

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake
  • Remasters of the original Metal Gear Solid games
  • A new Castlevania game that "reimagines" the series
  • Multiple new Silent Hill games

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[source videogameschronicle.com]