Konami Enters Partnership with “Blair Witch” Developer Bloober Team
Konami seems to want to get back into the world of horror games, and it’s enlisting the help of one of the more recent developers who’s put their hat in the ring. Bloober Team, the minds behind games like Blair Witch, Layers of Fear, and The Medium.
In a press release, Konami pointed out that their partnership with Bloober Team is not an acquisition. Rather, it’s a strategic collaboration between developers, and will see Bloober retain its independence as a developer and work on new titles from new and already established IPs from Konami.
“It is a historic day for me and the culmination of several years of our work. The fact that such a renowned company as KONAMI has decided to strategically cooperate with the Bloober Team means that we also joined the world leaders in gaming and became an equal partner for the leading players in this market,” says the president of Bloober Team.
A Possible Return of Silent Hill?
This has fans wondering about the possibility of Bloober being the developers to work on a possible continuation of the fan favorite franchise Silent Hill. As the reception to the previous games Blair Witch and The Medium haven’t gotten the best reviews from critics and fans alike, the community for Silent Hill is worried about the future of the franchise. With the fact that Konami dropped Kojima from their company back in 2015 among an announcement for Silent Hills, which was supposed to be a horror game starring Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, as well as a collaboration between Hideo Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro, and Horror Manga icon Junji Ito.
The fate of Silent Hill has been silent, aside from the DLC expansion for the asymmetrical horror game Dead By Daylight. However, Konami seems optimistic at the capabilities of their new partners. “We have been providing unique entertainment content and ways to enjoy it through the use of information technology. In the digital entertainment industry, significant changes in the business environment are expected in the future. We look forward to combining Bloober Team’s and our respective characteristics and strengths to create high-quality contents.”
It seems like time is going to tell what will become of the collaboration between Bloober Team and Konami. Regardless this means that there’s going to be more high-quality horror titles in the making, and if any speculation is to go by, there could be a return to the town of Silent Hill in the coming years.