Around early to mid 2010's, Hideki Hayakawa, creator of Dragon Collection, a finacially succsesfull game made by Konami, started to rise up the corporate ladder of Konami. He essentially argued "why make AAA games that cost billions, if you can make a cheap mobile game that will make you billions". Hideki said that the AAA market "was dying", and that the mobile gaming is "the future of gaming" . Hideki became president of Konami Digital Entertainment on April 1st, 2015, and right off the bat he started to make huge company restructioning to accommodate his new plans for Konami. Hideki cancelled Silent Hills, and made a desition to remove P.T off Playstation Store. Hideki also made Kojima end production of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as fast as possible, while also for some unknown reason cutting off internet access, overall making the final development stages for V a hell on earth, to a point to even close Kojima in a separate room outside his co-workers. Kojima Productions (the one owned by Konami) studio was closed on July 10th, 2015, ten years after the creation of the studio. Kojima kept a close eye on V until it's worldwide release on September 1st, 2015. Until December of that year Kojima was still in Konami, until his contract with Konami expired afterwards. With that, Hideo Kojima and his closest peers from the former Konami owned Kojima Productions left Konami for good.
Wild Hearts is EA's crack at the Monster Hunter throne. In development at Omega Force (a division of Koei Tecmo who is best known for the Dynasty Warriors series), Wild Hearts is a big and beautiful hunting game where you and two of your friends will need to gear up, survey your surroundings, and then battle until your last against some truly impressive monsters. Wild Hearts looks great, and we can't wait to see more of it in action.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is an open-world RPG adventure that will see you play as Nor, accompanied by her mysterious companion, Enki. You'll be trying to master an arsenal of weaponry, magical abilities, and more as you make humanity's last stand. The Door to the Afterlife has been opened by the gods, meaning the living will have to embrace violence if they're to stand any chance against the dead.
The long-awaited Avatar game - now officially called Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora - finally got revealed at E3 2021, and it's in development at Massive Entertainment (in collaboration with Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney). The game will be a new standalone story where you plas as a Na'vi and journey across the Western Frontier, which is a brand new part of Pandora not seen in any media before. This is a first-person, action-adventure title, with a living and reactive world that's fighting against the formidable RDA forces.
Kojima Productions is diving back into its apocalyptic vision of the United States of America with Death Stranding 2. Details are light, but we know that the sequel is in production for PS5, will once again use the Decima engine (which most recently produced stunning results in Horizon Forbidden West), and will feature a cast that includes Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, Troy Baker, Elle Fanning, and Shioli Kutsuna. Expect this to be a little while off though.
Silent Hill f is a surprise new game that will tell an original story written by Ryūkishi07, who is most known for Japanese visual novels Higurashi When They Cry and Umineko When They Cry. While not too much is known about the game at this stage, the initial announcement trailer revealed it's coming to us from Neobards Entertainment, a studio that has ported games such as Resident Evil Re: Verse and Resident Evil Resistance among many others. Interestingly, we also know that the setting will be completely different, with the story set in 1960's Japan in a "beautiful, yet horrifying world".
The surprise reveal of the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards also came with the first look at a sequel to the affecting Hellblade - Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 - and quite honestly we've not seen that much of it since. Don't expect Senua's story to have got any lighter since we last saw her. The disconcerting chanting, flashes of foreboding bonfires, and a man seemingly buried in a rock hint at another harrowing journey that will hopefully make as much of an impact as the original. 2b1af7f3a8