Konami isn't doing so well these days, and it doesn't seem like that's going to be changing anytime soon.
Agreed. Metal Gear and Kojima's creativity was their driving force for console gaming over the past decade. What other big sellers have they got? The most promising thing for the Silent Hill series in years, they've decided to cancel.
Shaken not stirred. ;)
I think they already hit those rocks and are taking on water.
Konami runs health clubs and gambling machines in Japan. That stuff plus the Japanese game market being largely focused on phones had left them with a home console development side that increasingly made no sense. Konami is fine, I just wouldn't expect them to do much more than phone games for the Japanese market. Its like when you find a Sega crane game at a movie theater. Sure you wish it was a Crazy Taxi, or Virtua Fighter machine but you know the unfortunate reality.
Thats the weirdest cocktail I've ever heard of. 'Konami on the rocks.'
Hmm sounds like a great idea for a cocktail with Japanese Sake in it.
Very sad news i hope they atleast continue with their music rhythm games like Ju-Beat, Reflect-Beat, Dance Dance Revolution,Beatmania. Loved playing these and if Konami/Bemani stop making games like these it would almost kill off the music rhythm scene. :(
You still have the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises. Also, Harmonix got their croudfunding for a new Amplitude that will be coming out in the near future. Granted these are all Harmonix related; they're still music rhythm games. That said DDR is an arcade staple and if Konami does make an exit from the gaming market there will be a significant loss of these types of games (in the arcade and at home) as well as essentially monopolizing music games to those listed above.
They also destroyed Suikoden and ruined their relationship with its creator a while back. They've also ruined a bunch of their other IP's and don't seem to be launching any exciting new ones. I feel they have nothing more to offer and should just fade after Phantom Pain is released.
Too bad they won't give their ips away, or at least let other devs use their characters but retain the rights. Hell make a metal gear slot machine for all I care.
I personally hope they drop their console gaming division altogether so someone can pick up their titles. Someone needs to revive silent hills gaming will be an abomination without it.
Konami is more likely to put out a Metal Gear gambling machine than let those IP go. You can already find Castlevania, Contra and Bomberman branded machines. Just forget about Konami as a game company, they haven't been one in a long time.
I doubt they're going anywhere. They may not actually focus on console games so much anymore, but I bet we'll still see games even after this hiccup.
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