Eric Williams mentions how he wanted Konami to give up the Castlevania license; Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest was one of his influences as a developer.
With God of War: Ragnarok already on sale, Santa Monica Studio is preparing to work on several projects -including the new one from Cory Barlog- . Eric Williams, director of Ragnarok , is clear about what his dream project would be if he could choose: Castlevania . The decision is not in his hand but in Konami’s, but it is a license that he would like to be able to use.
In a conversation on the Kinda Funny Games Spoilercast podcast , where Kratos’ latest adventure is covered -with spoilers- , Williams asks fans to help Konami outsource Castlevania to Santa Monica Studio: “You guys can make it happen, because you have the audience of the world here… I don’t know what I’m doing next, but if somebody gives me that Castlevania license, we would love to make that.”
The comment is necessarily a serious proposition, but the director mentioned Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest as one of his main influences as a developer. In addition, the saga has already explored the 3D action adventure or hack-and-slash with the Castlevania Lords of Shadow from the Spanish MercurySteam -the last one in 2014-, influenced by games like God of War, but the series was paralyzed along with other classics of Konami after the change of course in recent years and the departure of Hideo Kojima.
Konami is looking for partners for its licenses
It does not seem likely that Sony will dedicate one of the PlayStation Studios teams to work on a Konami saga, but it is true that the leaks suggest that the company is looking for partners to develop new games from its three most powerful saga . In the case of Silent Hill it has been shown to be so: Silent Hill 2 remake , new movie and other original projects. Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania have also been offered to various studios , and some rumors suggest that Metal Gear Solid 3 could receive a remake .
However, Williams has made it clear that he would not mind directing new God of War in the future: “I remember talking to someone from another company who was trying to convince me to leave. He said ‘do you want to be known as God ‘s uncle? of War for the rest of your life?’ Was that his big argument to dissuade me? Because yes, I would like to be .”