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Konami ceases triple-A console production on all but PES - report

vagrant-718vagrant-718 Members Posts: 4,569 ✭✭✭✭✭
Konami has ceased all triple-A console game production on everything but Pro Evolution Soccer and there are currently no plans for a big new Metal Gear game, while worldwide technology director Julien Merceron has left the company. That's according to a pair of reports on French site Gameblog. Eurogamer understands both reports to be true.

Gameblog wrote yesterday that Merceron was apparently unhappy with Konami's transition away from the console market towards mobile games.

Beyond Metal Gear Online - the separate online component to Metal Gear Solid 5 that is currently being finished - and Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, Konami has a blank triple-A slate. It does however have the licence to the football tournament Euro 2016, so we'd expect it to make use of that.

Problems at Konami were highlighted earlier in the year when Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima left the company and his Kojima Productions studio was dissolved. He had reportedly fallen out with Konami's big bosses who refused to bankroll his long and lavish productions any longer. Metal Gear Solid 5 reportedly cost $80m to make. Any new Metal Gear Solid game Konami produces will presumably be made without Kojima involved.

Further problems at Konami were highlighted when respected financial Japanese newspaper Nikkei ran an article about a deteriorating company culture at Konami's game division. Employees "deemed useless" were apparently given menial and degrading tasks, and communication with outsiders was restricted and lunch breaks monitored.

What comes next for Konami, and for Kojima, we'll have to wait and see.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-09-18-konami-ceases-triple-a-console-production-on-all-but-pes-report




Pretty much end of Konami on consoles

Comments

  • Karl.Karl. Members Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.
  • vagrant-718vagrant-718 Members Posts: 4,569 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2015
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over
  • Karl.Karl. Members Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    They'll probably just use the characters in a 🤬 mobile game. Doesn't have to have a story.
  • DelphasDelphas NYMembers Posts: 2,483 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Can't believe Big Boss and Solid Snake done survive torture, bombs, and gunshots from all sorts of 🤬 ...

    But get bodied by a company wanting to do pachinko smh.
  • themadlionsfanthemadlionsfan Members Posts: 9,134 ✭✭✭✭✭
    🤬 Konami. I'll never buy another Konami product. NEVER
  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCMembers Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Business is business in the end and it's a sound business move.

    On the real now you MGS fans know what we Castlevania fans have been going through all these years.
  • vespesianusvespesianus Members Posts: 330 ✭✭✭
    MGS5 cost $80m? $80m?!

    The industry is going to die if great games take $80m to produce
  • dontdiedontkillanyondontdiedontkillanyon Show me some love, you losers. Members Posts: 10,172 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    The MGS storyline got ruined a very long time ago.
  • HundredEyes HundredEyes Members Posts: 2,959 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They basically Outsourced Castlevania to a Spanish studio,(lords of Shadows was the 🤬 ). Maybe theyll continou to do so in the future...I know there is a new Castlevania anime coming up, wouldnt be suprised if they let another studio produce it again....

    what triple a games did Konami produce the last and current gen? Pes? Guns of the patriots, mgsV? Some ds titles?
  • Swiffness!Swiffness! PART OF THE CONSPIRACY Members Posts: 10,128 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Metal Gear Solid 5 will reportedly have to double its current 3 million sales in order to break even

    "Huh, no wonder Konami's reluctant to get back into triple-A video game development. Forbes reports that development costs for the publisher's latest title, Metal Gear Solid 5, hit nearly $80 million."

    gat dayum!! major games really do demand blockbuster movie budgets now.
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    Basically. It's Hideo's baby in all its weird pacifist militaristic glory.
    Karl. wrote: »
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    They'll probably just use the characters in a 🤬 mobile game. Doesn't have to have a story.

    Judging by the Silent Hill Pachinko game, yeah, this is MGS's future until further notice. Enjoy MGSV for the tour de force masterpiece finale to the series that it is.

  • VulcanRavenVulcanRaven I don't knowMembers Posts: 18,859 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Swiffness! wrote: »
    Metal Gear Solid 5 will reportedly have to double its current 3 million sales in order to break even

    "Huh, no wonder Konami's reluctant to get back into triple-A video game development. Forbes reports that development costs for the publisher's latest title, Metal Gear Solid 5, hit nearly $80 million."

    gat dayum!! major games really do demand blockbuster movie budgets now.
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    Basically. It's Hideo's baby in all its weird pacifist militaristic glory.
    Karl. wrote: »
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    They'll probably just use the characters in a 🤬 mobile game. Doesn't have to have a story.

    Judging by the Silent Hill Pachinko game, yeah, this is MGS's future until further notice. Enjoy MGSV for the tour de force masterpiece finale to the series that it is.
    Game is far from a masterpiece and that $80 million comes from being on 5 platforms.Should have been PS4 exclusive,then ported after it made a profit like MGS2.Konami were idiots to think this game would sell on PC and Xbox.
  • AP21AP21 Sion Guests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 17,743 ✭✭✭✭✭
    oh its gon sell on PC...just wait until the steam fall sale comes
  • DelphasDelphas NYMembers Posts: 2,483 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Swiffness! wrote: »
    Metal Gear Solid 5 will reportedly have to double its current 3 million sales in order to break even

    "Huh, no wonder Konami's reluctant to get back into triple-A video game development. Forbes reports that development costs for the publisher's latest title, Metal Gear Solid 5, hit nearly $80 million."

    gat dayum!! major games really do demand blockbuster movie budgets now.
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    Basically. It's Hideo's baby in all its weird pacifist militaristic glory.
    Karl. wrote: »
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    They'll probably just use the characters in a 🤬 mobile game. Doesn't have to have a story.

    Judging by the Silent Hill Pachinko game, yeah, this is MGS's future until further notice. Enjoy MGSV for the tour de force masterpiece finale to the series that it is.
    Game is far from a masterpiece and that $80 million comes from being on 5 platforms.Should have been PS4 exclusive,then ported after it made a profit like MGS2.Konami were idiots to think this game would sell on PC and Xbox.

    I can agree that a PS3 and X-Box 360 version definitely should have been deaded, but why do you think it wouldn't sell on PC or Xbox 1?

    Going exclusive definitely could have eased the hit in their pocket for sure though.
  • reapin505reapin505 Gundams and history. I have nothing else to offer an asteroid rushing to the sunMembers Posts: 4,009 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Delphas wrote: »
    Swiffness! wrote: »
    Metal Gear Solid 5 will reportedly have to double its current 3 million sales in order to break even

    "Huh, no wonder Konami's reluctant to get back into triple-A video game development. Forbes reports that development costs for the publisher's latest title, Metal Gear Solid 5, hit nearly $80 million."

    gat dayum!! major games really do demand blockbuster movie budgets now.
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    Basically. It's Hideo's baby in all its weird pacifist militaristic glory.
    Karl. wrote: »
    Karl. wrote: »
    These 🤬 are going to ruin the MGS brand.

    Probably wont be a MGS to ruin. Storyline too complicated for someone else to take over

    They'll probably just use the characters in a 🤬 mobile game. Doesn't have to have a story.

    Judging by the Silent Hill Pachinko game, yeah, this is MGS's future until further notice. Enjoy MGSV for the tour de force masterpiece finale to the series that it is.
    Game is far from a masterpiece and that $80 million comes from being on 5 platforms.Should have been PS4 exclusive,then ported after it made a profit like MGS2.Konami were idiots to think this game would sell on PC and Xbox.

    I can agree that a PS3 and X-Box 360 version definitely should have been deaded, but why do you think it wouldn't sell on PC or Xbox 1?

    Going exclusive definitely could have eased the hit in their pocket for sure though.

    Hey now us broke 🤬 love the series too lol.
  • HundredEyes HundredEyes Members Posts: 2,959 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I thought the phantom pain would nuke Steam lol...suprised it didnt sell well on the One aswell...

    anyway a customer Service bro said this:
    However Konami has since stepped forward and refuted those rumors. In a statement released to Nintendo Life, “I can promise you that we’re definitely not leaving Metal Gear behind or anything like that. I know some blogs were claiming that online this morning, but I’m not really sure where they’d be getting that from. We’re still definitely working on console games and franchises such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, PES and all the rest.”

    but it didnt came from their pr dep though but I still have hope for a Castlevania on da 4/one
  • vagrant-718vagrant-718 Members Posts: 4,569 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I thought the phantom pain would nuke Steam lol...suprised it didnt sell well on the One aswell...

    anyway a customer Service bro said this:
    However Konami has since stepped forward and refuted those rumors. In a statement released to Nintendo Life, “I can promise you that we’re definitely not leaving Metal Gear behind or anything like that. I know some blogs were claiming that online this morning, but I’m not really sure where they’d be getting that from. We’re still definitely working on console games and franchises such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, PES and all the rest.”

    but it didnt came from their pr dep though but I still have hope for a Castlevania on da 4/one

    They just cancelled a silent hill and only the 2d castlevania games are good. What they should do is

    -let platinum release metal gear rising 2
    -Make 2d/2.5d contra, castlevania and gradius game for xbla/psn
    -Survival horror making a comeback so drop a silent hill
    -if guitar hero a success, jump on with the ddr or beatmania
    -ride the ff remake wave and drop a suikoden
    -frogger and bomberman can do the pachinko mobile games 🤬


  • HundredEyes HundredEyes Members Posts: 2,959 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I need both mayne, a 2d castlevania ala symphony of the night and a epic 3d ala lords of shadows...🤬 , a remake/remaster of Cybornator>>>>>

    🤬 wont happen though haha

    but yeah lets hope them mofos ain't really tappin out and Mobile bound...like u said frogger and bomberman are perfect for Mobile games....
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