A report published by Yahoo! Finance details the new Silent Hill slot machine being developed by Konami’s gaming division – Konami Gaming, Inc. The report dives into some technical details like the 4K Ultra display on the latest cabinet and the ability to use it in tandem with a mobile app. If you want more detailed information regarding the technology, check out the report.
Konami plans to demo its new machine at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, which takes place on October 15th – 17th.
Konami is no stranger to the gambling industry, holding a track record that includes multiple awards and state-of-the-art gaming technology. This isn’t even the first time it has used the massively popular horror franchise as a draw; a Silent-Hill-themed pachislot machine hit parlors in 2015. There’s a huge Pachinko subculture in Japan. Combined with the country’s general interest in video games, Konami has plenty of properties to work with. Back in 2016, to many people’s chagrin, Konami released a Metal Gear Solid 3 pachislot machine with fully animated CG cut scenes to boot.
At this point, most people have given up on Konami redeeming itself as a video game developer. Koji Igarashi, who worked on the Castlevania series, left the company back in 2014. He then went on to develop Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night via a widely successful Kickstarter campaign. Bloodstained has received lots of positive attention since its release earlier this year, with many considering it to be the best Castlevania game since Castlevania: Symphony of the Night back in 1997.
A year later, legendary director Hideo Kojima left Konami after a long dispute with the publisher, taking a lot of his most talented team members with him. Kojima is, of course, known for the seminal Metal Gear Solid series, one of Konami’s most beloved franchises. Since then, its attempts to mimic Kojima’s vision have fallen short. They dropped Metal Gear Survive in early 2018, a game that was bashed heavily for its soulless attempts at capturing the magic of a franchise people know and love.
And this wouldn’t be an article about Konami if we didn’t talk about P.T/Silent Hills. P.T, standing for “Playable Teaser,” was the brainchild of Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Both men are known for their weird and wacky styles of artistry. Once Kojima departed from Konami, Silent Hills was unfortunately scrapped, meaning we’ll probably never get a Silent Hill sequel worthy of the original trilogy.
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