The cancellation of Silent Hills is the latest in a long line of worrying signs coming from the Japanese developer. Peter Brown broke the story of Kojima's impending exit, so we asked him what he thinks the future holds for Konami.
The only thing I'm worried about (apart from real people losing real jobs) is the potential (rumored) Suikoden revival. I didn't have high hopes anyway, though.
Maybe if they do get out of the biz, they will sell the IP to someone that will actually make the game...
I never had real hope for that anyways. A Suikoden with the same scope as the originals would be super expensive to make by today's standards. That means a water-downed version...and I wouldn't be surprised if it released to mobile.
My main concern was that it would be an action-RPG, like everything else these days.
I dunno. Why are you asking me?
Based on current events, I wouldn't be surprised. I just hope if they do decided to leave they at least sell off their games so they can live on.
No. They're quitting AAA big budget gaming. They will likely release plenty of low budget titles based on their existing IPs, even some medium budget stuff for series like MGS (Rising sequels etc.). But it looks like they're done throwing money at KojiPro. From a business sense, they're absolutely right. It sucks for us, but when has big business every really made decisions based on how we, their supposed fans, feel?
What you're saying COULD be a good thing. The AAA market NEEDS to crash, and I fully believe it will. BUT, I hope it doesn't get replaced by nothing but handheld/phone games, or games that look like that. I hope we get mid-tier back, instead. If we ended up with the genre-variety of the PS2 days, with games that LOOK like PS2 games but in HD, I'd be THRILLED.
How is it throwing money at KojiPro when he not only makes games that sell well, but also gives them a fully functional in house game engine. It's not like they lost money on KojiPro.
Is Konami still developing: New Gradius, Pop N Twinbee, Suikoden, Silent Hill, Castlevania, Contra, Track N Field, Beatmania /Dance Dance Revolution, Parodius games? Nope. They slowly left the video game business with one step after another from around 1999 on already. After that year it was almost only Bemani games, Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill from them. And today (2015), only MGS5 is released by them worldwide This should answer the question already =/ The list of Konami games on wikipedia shows the development at Konami quite good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
They have a ton of huge IP's that only release in Japan as well, yet they haven't been making those lately either. I like this list better. Just look at their releases the past few years. http://www.gamefaqs.com/fea... Outside of a couple games, they're all just re-releases on things like Virtual console or mobile platforms, and their couple staple titles that get yearly releases.
If they do I hope they take Activision with them.
Konami still does a good gaming business in terms of gambling, with slot machines and I would imagine pachinko machines.
I presented a statement back in an Silent Hills article on N4G.com saying that Konami might be closing it's doors. I remember stating that with Kojima being let go and Metal Gear Solid being the last game it was almost inevitable that they would be shutting down. After hearing that Silent Hills was scrapped it got me thinking that Konami is slowly exiting the Gaming buisness. It makes sense in a way because they haven't seen fiscal success over the past few years. It tells me that Konami is losing money. The only way to regain some fiscal is to cut production of a big budget project like Silent Hills and let go of Kojima. With that said this is only speculation but it makes sense because even with PT being a huge success, it leaves me to believe that the company is losing money fast and they don't have the funds to keep paying Kojima and the developers team. Point is cut costs, get rid of big Ip's and regain some money from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid game. Then slowly lay of staff and have a press conference announcing that Konami will be no more. Again we all wish this was not the case. Hopefully we can see Silent Hill be picked up by Kojima. I think Sony Has plans for him. E3 announcement for Koijima Productions? Hopefully but who knows
Got nothing out of this. It's like an endless "no sh--?" parade.
They also make slot machines but no idea how much that business makes
If Konami is, then good riddance.
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