Following the news that Konami will not take part in this year’s E3, the publisher/developer has stated it’s in “deep development on a number of key projects”.
The news caught many by surprise, given that Konami had previously confirmed its attendance at the event taking place this June.
The reason that Konami won’t be attending E3 2021 is quite simple: the team is just not ready to present anything at the show. That’s at least according to a statement released by Konami on Twitter.
Konami said: “Due to timing, we will not be ready to present at E3 this year. We want to reassure our fans that we are in deep development on a number of key projects, so please stay tuned for some updates in the coming months.
“While we are not participating this year, we have great respect for the ESA and know that 2021 will be a great success. We shall continue to support the ESA and wish the best to all participants at this year’s show.”
Other than the new Pro Evolution Soccer game this year, which will run off the latest Unreal Engine, no major releases come to mind when I think of Konami in 2021. So in that respect, it perhaps makes sense that Konami won’t be at E3.
However, the confirmation of a number of “key projects” has definitely caught the attention of Konami fans, especially those hoping for a new Silent Hill or Metal Gear Solid. Rumours of the return of both of these franchises have been rife over the past few months, and gamers are tentatively hopeful they’re on Konami’s list.
Whatever these projects might be, it seems we might have to wait until 2022, unless Konami plans on creating its own dedicated showcase, or unless it plans to reveal upcoming games during events like Sony’s State of Play.
Are you disappointed that Konami won’t be at E3 2021, and what are you hoping these “key projects” might be? Let us know across our social media channels.
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