Konami Has Canceled Development of Hyper Sports R

The formerly prolific developer continues to keep game production small in scope.

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 06/10/2020 22:34 Comment on this     ShareThis

While Konami pleasantly surprised everyone recently with the sudden release of platformer Skelattack on Nintendo Switch, now some of that excitement has been tempered with word that development on Hyper Sports R was canceled. It was two years ago that Konami unveiled Hyper Sports R would be coming to Switch. You can watch the trailer from E3 2018 right here:

Konami made the announcement that Hyper Sports R would no longer be among its projects in a statement on its official Japanese website. Roughly translated, here’s what was said:

“Thank you for your continued patronage of our products.

The Nintendo Switch version of ‘Hyper Sport R’ has been under development since the title was announced in June 2018, but as a result of repeated examinations, development was discontinued.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to customers and related parties who have been waiting for the release of this title.

We look forward to your continued support and products.”

While Konami has stated it is seeking to continue working with external developers for future projects, as it did with Contra: Rogue Corps and Skelattack, it’s nonetheless disappointing to see one of the former giants of the video game industry reduced to a shadow of its former self with such minimal software output of late. It has been years since installments in many of Konami’s various franchises have been released, including Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and more. Hopefully Konami will surprise fans with more new projects despite the cancellation of Hyper Sports R.

Source: Konami Press Release 06.10.20

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