Whether it was intentional or not, interest in what Microsoft has to say at E3 spiked thanks to a rumour circulating that Xbox One may become the new home for Silent Hills, a game (now cancelled) that was revealed spectacularly last year via the demo P.T. on PlayStation 4.
This rumour gained a lot of steam thanks to the circumstantial evidence of P.T.‘s removal from PSN and Konami’s inability to communicate what it and Metal Gear Solid maestro Hideo Kojima are up to. This fanned the flames for some time prompting enormous speculation that it may be more than just Silent Hills secured in a Microsoft deal. Alas, there appears to be nothing to it as Xbox’s Phil Spencer confirmed via Twitter.
Many gamers could see the potential – Konami has a long history in the business with I.P. that stretches back to early arcade games like Frogger, Scramble and Gyruss. Having access to those plus the company’s modern franchises would give any platform holder a significant amount of exclusives and properties to develop in the future.
At a time when both Sony and Microsoft are being criticised for the lack of games, this could be a means to that end as well as denying a competitor access to those too. Being an Xbox owner, I was certainly excited at the prospect that the Metal Gear Solid team might no longer treat my chosen console as a “secondary” platform.
Last year it was Capcom that was rumoured to be a buyout target and there’s the occasional rumbling that Sega may be in a similar position too. Even earlier than that, Microsoft had considered having a shot at Nintendo before they decided to go their own way and built the first Xbox. So this kind of news is not new.
With talk of big announcements coming up at E3, media outlets are scrambling to scrape together anything that might be considered newsworthy. And with two weeks to go before E3 begins, time is running out before everyone get caught in the deluge of games news.
The one rumour I’m wanting to be true above all others is that which announces a game beginning with “Fallout” and ending with “4”…