What’s up gamers and gamettes! Your are “On the NXT LVL” with me, DevilDriver1313. So, by now you might have heard a rumor circulating around that Sony has their eyes on Konami and several of their key franchises. The home of PlayStation seems to be interested in purchasing a few titles from Konami. Their focus being on Metal Gear, Dance Dance Revolution, Silent Hill and Castlevania. Konami was once one of the biggest game publishers in the industry but their class as declined lately. It has been a long time since they have churned any new games in the aforementioned franchises, just a host of collections and remasters. Selling them to Sony could be a smart move. After all, they have had success with the PlayStation brand since to original console’s launch in 1994. It is rumored that Sony is looking to make an new Silent Hill exclusively for the PS4 and seeking to revive Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hill as well. Kojima has had a public falling out with the publisher and the game have become the stuff of legend.
The benefit Sony could have by purchasing the Castlevania franchise is cashing on the high successful Netflix Castlevania anime series. Fans today still regard Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as the best game in the series twenty years after its initial release in 1997. The last console release for Castlevania was Lords of Shadow 2 in 2014. The title was a disappointment to fans and critics where it received mixed reviews from both. Now on the flip side, Konami benefits greatly from the Castlevania anime series’ success since they can retain the name and make lucrative profit from it even though they are showing no signs of making a new game.
A buyout could also impact the Super Smash Bros franchise which features Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont. Their inclusion in the game makes sense considering that Castlevania did debut on the NES in 1986 and saw several more titles released across Nintendo’s products including Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and their handheld games. Richter debuted in Rondo of Blood (Dracula X in 1995 North America release) in 1993. While Microsoft may be readily willing to allow Nintendo to use Banjo-Kazooie, Sony may not be as frivolous with letting the “house Mario built” use Castlevania characters in future Smash title should Sony acquire them from Konami.
However, keep in mind fellow gamers, this is all speculation. Nothing solid has come from Sony nor Konami. So please, take this with the finest grain of salt. But what do you think about all of this? Would Konami be willing to let go of their beloved franchises? Give your opinions and let us know how you feel.
Until next time, I’ll see you “On the NXT LVL!”