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


Konami has announced an indie game competition that actively asks small developers to create games based on some of its classic series, including Gradius, Ganbare Goemon, and many more.

by Konami Action and shooting game competition asks independent creators to plan and develop new action and shooters games based on old Konami titles. The rules allow creators to make remakes or sequels, they can choose a single character or mechanic from a past title, or even change or combine genres that may not have been in the originals. Thanks to the collaboration of independent creators and Konami, these new works could potentially become commercial products.

A video presenting the competition was released by Konami. This competition is sponsored by Konami and organized in cooperation with Shueisha Game Creators Camp, a project supporting game developers. The contest started on September 30 and will run until January 6, 2022.

Konami has specified 80 different games that creators can reinvent, including games from Gradius, Star Soldier, Twinbee, Ganbare Goemon, Knightmare, and others. The full list can be found at the bottom of the official entry page (in Japanese).

This comes at an interesting time for Konami as a whole – a recent report indicates that the company is starting to refocus on its own series and is increasingly open to allowing third parties to develop games within them. While Konami itself apparently manages new games for Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, and Silent Hill, this competition appears to allow some of its lesser-known or more cult favorite series to reappear in a variety of ways.

The grand prize for the competition is 2 million yen (approximately $ 18,000 USD), and Konami will offer to publish works that can be marketed. In addition to investing up to 30 million yen (US $ 270,000) in development funds for commercialized projects, Konami will provide oversight, production advice, and support regarding location, promotion and marketing equipment. development.

The outline of the competition is as follows:

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

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