Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Konami invites indie developers to create new games based on some of its classic series

Konami has announced an indie game contest that actively asks small developers to create games based on some of the classic series, such as Gradius and Goemon.

Konami Action & Shooting Game Contest Ask indie creators to plan and develop new action and shooters based on past Konami titles. This rule allows creators to create remakes and sequels, choose a character or mechanic from past titles, and change or combine genres that may not have been in the original. These new works may be commercialized in collaboration with indie creators and Konami.

NS Video outlining the contest Published by Konami. This contest is sponsored by Konami and is held in collaboration with Shueisha Game Creators Camp, a project that supports game developers. The contest will start on September 30th and will run until January 6th, 2022.

Konami has designated 80 games for creators to rethink, including games such as Gradius, Star Soldier, Twinbee, Ganbare Goemon, and Nightmare. The complete list is at the bottom of. Official entry page (in Japanese).

It’s an interesting time for Konami as a whole. According to a recent report, the company is refocusing on its series, allowing third parties to develop their games in-house. Konami itself seems to be dealing with new games from Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, but the contest revisits some of the lesser-known or more cult favorite series in different ways. You can make it appear.

The highest award of the contest is 2 million yen (about 18,000 US dollars), and Konami proposes the publication of works that can be commercialized. Konami will invest up to 30 million yen (US $ 270,000) in the development of commercial projects, as well as localization, promotion, supervision of development equipment, production advice and support.

The outline of the contest is as follows.

Ryuichi Shigeta is a freelance writer for IGN Japan.This article was translated by Diamond fate..