Konami Will Not Attend E3 2022, Despite “Key Projects” In Development

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Konami has announced it is suspending E3 2021 despite news of “major” upcoming projects.

Of all the video game companies over the years, Konami continues to be one of the most talked about and most in demand.

However, for fans of Konami’s intellectual property, which includes the like Metal Gear Solid, Castlevaniaand of course, silent Hillit is safe to say that the last few years have left a sore point.

I speak from experience.

Sure, we’ve seen a plethora of rumors come to the fore. Even then, nothing concrete has ever come out – much to the dismay of many players around the world.

We’ve seen no shortage of gossip on the subject lately. From mounting speculation of a Metal Gear Solid remake to a PS5 revival of Silent Hill, these claims have consistently been unfounded.

And every time my heart sinks a little lower. But fear not Konami fans, we have some good news about the company and its future intentions.

So, without further delay, let’s jump to the heart of today’s topic. Hopefully Konami fans will have something to shout about by the end.

God knows we need those IPs back in the palms of the player. In the words of Revolver Ocelot: “it’s been too long“.

That’s my opinion, but let’s get to the news.

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Konami decides to pass on E3 2021

Konami, the company responsible for several iconic franchises such as Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, has announced that it will not be attending this year’s E3 2021.

Interestingly, Konami reportedly agreed early on to attend the presentation. And so, as early as March 2021, they were listed on the early registration list.

Unfortunately, it looks like the company has now made a U-turn and will not be present at E3 2021 as a result.

Assume Twitterconfirmed Konami’s decision. With that, they outline their reason for the pullback, which appears to be largely down to “timing.”

Due to time constraints, we will not be able to present at E3 this year,” the statement said.”

Konami goes on to say that it still has “great respect for ESA” and will continue to support the event.

Although we are not participating this year, we have great respect for ESA and know that 2021 will be a great success. We will continue to support ESA and wish all participants of this year’s show all the best.”

In response, ESA released a statement, originally reported by GamesRadar. Let’s take a look.

We support our partner Konami’s decision not to attend E3 this year and look forward to what they will announce in the future when they are ready,” ESA said. “We can’t wait for their return until E3 2022, but in the meantime, we look forward to sharing all the highly anticipated reveals, programming and more at this year’s E3.”

On the surface, ESA seems to have taken Konami’s recent decision in stride. We’ll have to wait and see if we’ll see a replacement soon.

Whoever fills the slot, it’s sad to see Konami say goodbye to E3 2021. But thankfully, there’s good news to take away from all of this. Konami isn’t done developing games yet.

As a die-hard fan of Konami’s past work, this is music to my ears.

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Konami absence | What’s in the works?

Based on the above statement, despite Konami’s future absence, it’s clear that they have several notable titles in the works. Now we can speculate about the high mounds as to what they might be.

Of course, at the forefront of the list of potential future projects is Silent Hill, which has been highly speculated about for ages.

Then there’s the much-touted possibility of a new Metal Gear Solid game. These rumors range from full fledged remakes to remasters of the first trilogy and beyond.

But nothing solid has surfaced about it yet. Excuse the pun.

Meanwhile, Konami revealed its upcoming development in its latest announcement Castlevania Anniversary Collectionpublished “Friday, May 14 at 10 p.m. ET”.

To celebrate Konami’s 50th anniversary, the all-in-one bundle will be launched in various forms for PS4 and Nintendo Switch platforms.

Here is the PS4 product list below:

“Released as part of Konami’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, experience these timeless classics that helped define the platformer genre. From the Belmont Clan to their extended bloodlines and allies, the Castlevania Anniversary Collection is the best first step for anyone into the world of Castlevania and the battle against Dracula!”

The games included are Castlevania, Castlevania II Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania The Adventure, Castlevania II Belmont’s Revenge, Castlevania Bloodlines and Kid Dracula.

So essentially a complete compendium of franchise classics. Stay tuned for more news on this as it emerges.

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What does this mean for E3 2021?

As for E3, what does Konami’s declared absence say about this year’s upcoming show? Well, they will join the likes of Sony in their recent withdrawal.

With Xbox, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Take-Two and Square Enix all sharing the stage, there’s plenty to look forward to here. Also, with E3 not able to air last year, I’m sure ESA is dying to get the gaming celebrations underway in 2021.

This year it will be a purely digital event. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see what players can expect. For my part, I have high hopes! Forever the optimist!

That concludes today’s topic. What do you think of E3 2021? Are you affected by Konami’s absence? Also, is there still a place for E3 in the video game industry, or has it lost its meaning?

As always, your opinions matter most. On that note, please fire your hot takes in the comments.

I love reading them all.

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