Speculation on social media this weekend suggests Sony may have signed (timed?) console exclusivity agreements with Konami on a trio of titles, including Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, and Silent Hill. We don’t need to speculate about the latter, because a remake of legendary PS2 survival horror Silent Hill 2 was announced by Bloober Team last year, and it’ll be exclusive to PS5 and PC for a year.
Rumours have been swirling about some kind of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater revival for several years now, and podcast host Nick Baker revived them this weekend, after claiming the classic could re-emerge at an upcoming PS Showcase with some form of PS5 exclusivity attached. As is customary for Internet insiders, Baker tempered the comments by stating his source is uncertain – and it’s worth noting nearly two years ago he was confident of an inFAMOUS comeback, before developer Sucker Punch shot those stories back down.
However, Windows Central editor Jez Corden was quick to jump on the speculation, saying he’d “heard similar” about Metal Gear Solid exclusivity. In a follow-up tweet, he added: “Just heard Sony landed a deal with Konami for Silent Hill, Metal Gear, and maybe even a new Castlevania.” All seems rather uncertain, doesn’t it?
Sony’s mantra this generation has been to lock down franchises with historical PlayStation association, such as Final Fantasy, so this doesn’t seem like a huge stretch – at the very least, we’d expect the Japanese giant to have secured the marketing rights. But that’s assuming these projects actually exist in the first place, and the speculation here doesn’t seem strong enough to say anything with absolute certainty.
Arguably the bigger story here, if accurate, is not necessarily the PS5 exclusivity, but that Konami may be interested in making games again. Summer announcement season is upon us, so let’s wait and see what the next few months bring, shall we?