There has been a lot of talk about Konami working with third-party studios on new games based on its classic IPs like Silent Hill and MGS. Now the company’s producer has hinted at the possibility of these collaborations.
GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
Shin Murato, lead producer at Konami, discussed the topic with JPGames. The interview was dedicated to a recent release of GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon, a 2D action game with elements of roguelite and metroidvania.
It is a reboot of the classic side-scroller action game Getsu Fūma Den, released on NES in 1987. Interestingly, it was developed by independent studio GuruGuru, and it looks like Konami was satisfied with the collaboration.
“They had been exploring new approaches for graphical design and thought they would be a great fit for this IP,” Murato said. “It also helped that there were fans of the original GetsuFumaDen game within the GuruGuru team.”
Talking about outsourcing other old IPs to third-party teams, Murato simply said: “In terms of other collaborations, please wait for future projects like this!” The producer also noted that Konami will follow this “indie approach” in the future but didn’t provide any details.
Konami has always been against giving away their IPs to other studios, but things рфму reportedly changed after the failures of Metal Gear Survive and Contra: Rogue Corps. In February, sources told VGC that the company plans to develop new Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid titles with the help of third-party teams.
On top of that, Konami also reportedly outsourced a new game based on the Silent Hill franchise to a “prominent Japanese developer.” We still don’t know the studio’s name, but it is definitely not Kojima Productions.