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The latest Metal Gear Solid too late to save Konami's falling profits

Konami saw its earnings more than halved during the last fiscal year, due in part to a heavy drop in profits from its video game business.

Although the company said that it recorded "solid sales" for titles like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Professional Baseball Spirits 2014, Konami's Digital Entertainment business video game sales drop sharply.

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-Foxtrot1199d ago

Oh what a shame.....shouldn't of cut this from the main game then should you Konami. I have no sympathy for them

Omar911199d ago

well honestly I think that was the main reason why they did this. I'm assuming that little trick helped them out

-Foxtrot1199d ago

Not the point, they shouldn't of done it anyway because it obviously didn't help them

I wouldn't actually be arsed if when you buy MGSV you get GZ with it but you don't...I'm not buying some separately which should be in the main game to start with.

Practices like this should never be supported.

AsimLeonheart1199d ago (Edited 1199d ago )

The problem with Konami is that they do not make many games now. I remember a time when Konami used to make Metal Gear, Contra, Castlvania Suikoden and Zone of the Enders. Now they only release Castlvania every couple of years with one or two Metal Gear games every gen. They have not created a new IP in decades as far as I know. I dont know why all Japanese developers have abandoned their old franchises and are so afraid of being Japanese and taking risks. Where is Zone of the Enders, Breath of Fire, Megaman, Suikoden, Star Ocean, Chrono series and several others? They just need to be creative and innovative. Not all games need to be westernised or shooters.

Omar911199d ago

I agree it was a shady move, but I don't see why they would of done this if it wasn't going to help them. GZ sold well over 500,000 (not sure the actual numbers) which whatever way you look at it is good for them and bad for us. Basically what I'm trying to say is their had to be a good reason for them to do something like this.

Kenshin_BATT0USAI1199d ago

Actual numbers is over a million sold through I believe. Not 100% sure though.

HarryMasonHerpderp1199d ago

@Foxtrot

I don't know why anyone would disagree with you.
Seems as though people these days love to pay more money for less content.

rivencleft1199d ago

Absolutely agree, I would love to try this demo out, but I don't spend $30-$40 for a demo, this demo should definitely be included with MGS5. Sucks too, I was highly anticipating GZ, but seeing people beat it under 8 minutes totally put me off of it. It'll be a good GameFly rent but nothing more, for me.

DarXyde1199d ago

It wasn't the best move, but it was really done to assuage fan need for a new console outing of Metal Gear Solid. Fans created it from a lack of patience if I'm to be blunt. Am I defending the practice? No, so there really isn't a reason to reply with how it was the WRONG move. I agree on that.

That all said, I don't regret buying Ground Zeroes for a number of reasons. I never speed run a game unless there's a trophy involved. It's all about how long I want to play a game and how long I want an experience to last. Also, it has gotten me even more excited for The Phantom Pain which says a lot since it's my most anticipated game this generation (so far). Beyond that, I'm very grateful to have gotten to test-drive this new open-world mechanic because it's totally unconventional in the context of Metal Gear Solid. Costly in terms of content, but it is quality. I've played games at full retail cost where I felt I've been duped. I got that only slightly with Ground Zeroes.

Again, not defending the practice, but it gave people something to do and offered some insight into "The New Metal Gear". Being a fan since the original Metal Gear doesn't exactly help my impulsive consumer behavior either lol.

One_Eyed_Wizard1199d ago

It's shouldn't HAVE by the way o_o;

And maybe you should learn to read articles as well. Especially since this time around it's in the headline but it says Ground Zeroes isn't the reason for that drop because they also said GZ sales helped the company.

rawshack1199d ago

Bring back silent hill made in Japan

randomass1711198d ago

Can't see why you got so many disagrees... Konami NEVER sold the prologues separately from full games, so the price tags were far more justified. $30 is not nearly cheap enough.

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F4sterTh4nFTL1199d ago

I can understand the reasoning behind Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes but it does not mean they did the right thing.

randomass1711198d ago

I agree completely. It was not a good move and it doesn't help consumer relations. Some fans may be happy, but I'm not the only fan who felt burned.

NYC_Gamer1199d ago

Konami is just a shell of what they used to be

-Foxtrot1199d ago (Edited 1199d ago )

You mean a big shell of what they used to be

http://www.romstation.fr/up...

cyphertech1199d ago

Maybe if you didn't ruin Silent Hill you'd have another series to fall back on.

Baccra171199d ago (Edited 1199d ago )

Konami has fallen into the sony trap of back then that still haunts them now. PS2 was doing so good that they let everything else, like TV's, fall to the wayside cause "PS2 will pick up the slack." Now look, Sony has all types of restructuring and things to ax to stay in the black.

Konami has relied on MGS and Kojima making only MGS for far too long. They need to focus on other IPs and let Kojima make other games while they still can or they're not going to like what happens down the road.

izumo_lee1199d ago

Yeah i agree. Giving over the Castlevania IP to an unproven western dev was a poor choice no matter if you think the games were good or not. Giving the Silent Hill IP to western devs to basically ruin the series was a poor move.

Letting a guy like Igarashi toil in the depths of niche titles was a STUPID move, & now they have lost him.

Although Kojima is a genius one guy alone can't carry the load. Konami has relied way too much on his efforts.

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