E3 2021: Konami pulls out but promises it’s working on projects

Silent Hill 2

What sort of announcements did Konami have planned? A new Silent Hill maybe? (pic: Konami)

After being confirmed for E3 this year, Konami has decided it can no longer attend, but it suggests it has new games in the works.

Some were shocked to learn that E3 2021 would still be going ahead this year, albeit as a digital-only event. But perhaps even more surprising was that Konami was among the companies attending.

However, circumstances have changed as Konami announced over the weekend that it will no longer have any sort of presence at E3. As for why, it simply stated that it was due to timing.

‘While we are not participating this year, we have great respect for the [Entertainment Software Association] and know that 2021 will be a success,’ it writes.

‘We will continue to support the ESA and wish the best to all participants at this year’s show.’

It adds that it is currently in ‘deep development on a number of key projects’ and asks fans to stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

Konami being at E3 in the first place raised a few eyebrows since it hasn’t had any major releases for the last few years. At one point, it was believed that Konami intended to exit the games industry entirely.

But between its planned E3 attendance and its comment about key projects, it sounds like Konami may have some major game announcements to make.

What those are is anyone’s guess, although there have been plenty of Konami-related rumours in the past. In February, for example, there was talk of Konami outsourcing its Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Metal Gear franchises to other companies.

And more recently, the original voice actor for Solid Snake said that a PlayStation 5 remake of Metal Gear Solid could be happening too.

In the meantime, Konami does have 2D hack-and-slash game GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon planned for release next year, one of the surprise announcements from the most recent Nintendo Indie World presentation.

As for who will be at E3 this year, the list includes Microsoft, Nintendo, Capcom, Ubisoft, Warner Bros., Take-Two, and Koch Media.

E3 2021 will run from June 12 to June 15.


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