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Konami Interview: Committed to Core Gamers, MGS doesn’t need Kojima

Gameondaily interview Graham Day, the UK Community Manager for Konami who discusses their recent successes, the future of MGS without Konami and why Konami are committed to core gamers and that talks of them abandoning them for the mobile market is a result of media misinformation.

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The_Infected576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

"MGS doesn’t need Kojima"

Haha ok. We'll see how that works out for you.

NukaCola576d ago

I guess we can wait and see. If Konami makes a MGS 6, we can find out then.

moldybread576d ago

kojima is mgs so i doubt it will be the same but people need to stop acting like without kojima, konami is doomed. they still have lots of good ip's and games like pes are excellent.

Baka-akaB576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

lot's of Ips they didn't use ( or released mediocre games for the past decade . Some ips they purchased and didnt even do a single thing with since acquisition

There is a good reason you could only name PES from the top of your head . They aint doomed , and can quite obviously go through a radical shift , and release quality games should they care to ...

But do they want to ?

ABizzel1576d ago

@moldybread

Please do name these "good ip's" that had "good games" last-generation that didn't involve Kojima.

The only good games they had last gen were Metal Gear Solid 4, Metal Gear Rising, Castlevania Lord of Shadows, Metal Gear Solid Collection, Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes. All of which Kojima Productions had their hands in.

Konami should have been renamed to Kojima Productions.

moldybread576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

dance dance revolution is still a big title for them, although not my cup of tea

no more heroes

silent hill

metal gear solid is sill theirs, not owned by kojima

gradius

castlevania

yu-gi-oh

pes

def jam

zone of the enders (owned by konami)

contra

Baka-akaB576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

70-80% of what you listed doesnt have a recent sequels or a good enough one besides the obvious regular titles .

Nor arent planned yet for sequels .

And come on it's obvious you are scrapping the barrel with titles like No More Heroes . It's not even their ip , they had one distribution deal once for the international version on ps3 ...

And why do you even feel the need to list the obvious like MGS ?

I'll tell you what ...do you even see a lot of Hudson Soft games perperties even being used since their purchase ? Nope

Do you even see a real suikoden around ? Didnt Lord of Shadows fizzled out with a shameful sequel , and with Iga gone from the real ones ?

We mostly had a good Hard corps contra title from Arcsys , among the underused and forgotten ips , with not even a sequel in sight .

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bmf7364576d ago

They need to complete MGSV's story. Then the best course of action for Metal Gear is to do a retelling of the MSX titles and move forward with Metal Gear Rising. Chronologically, it all ends at MGS4 for Solid Snake, Zero, The Patriots. MGS5 was meant to fill the time gap between Peace Walker and Metal Gear 1.

zekk576d ago

Moody u didn't put suikoden. On that list.... :(

christian hour576d ago

@BMF7364

They already finished the MGSV story, its continued in metal gear 1/2, metal gear solid 1, 2 and 4.

Spotie576d ago

That list of yours kinda proved people's point, moldy.

Konami isn't doing anything with most of those franchises, and the few they ARE doing something with aren't very memorable outings.

This wouldn't even be a debate if they were putting out quality titles- or titles at ALL- with some of those well-known and loved franchises like Suikoden, but they just aren't doing that.

morganfell576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

Well I don't need you Konami. There is a Japanese company out there doing some amazing things for PlayStation:

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

DemonChicken576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

Fixed

"Gameondaily interview Graham Day, the UK Community Manager for Konami who discusses their recent successes, the future of MGS without Konami and why Konami are committed to core Pachinko gamers.

... and that talks of them abandoning them for the mobile market is a result of media misinformation /s."

Putting that you got rid of one of your best developers (adding the fox engine tech director left) and the fact I am still salty about PT of which you replaced with a pachinko machine rings so much bells. Your PR talk is not working!

http://cdn.meme.am/instance...

@ morganfell

Semi agree due to the fact that we need to beg for those games to come over here. All Sega of America is interested in is bloody sonic (just look at their blog =___=")

I probably be like the guy in the trailer before we even get it that game over here. We are still waiting for 5 and 0 is no where in sight and they just announced remake of 1 and 6.

cell989576d ago

It would be non-cannon therefor irrelevant. I would not purchase it. Before you bring the diplomatic argument "lets wait and see" no just no. The arrogance of this company kills any interest I might have had for their future games. That arrogance will carry over to the next MG installment, if they ever dare to make one. No Kojima no metal gear, period.

hay576d ago

Oh yeah, like hell they can exchange one man with passion for a bunch of obedient wannabes and call it a success.

DigitalHope576d ago

Last time they made a Metal Gear game without Kojima, it was ignored out of existence. Got a feeling it will be the same the second time around.

moldybread576d ago

personally i think kojima is the one who is going to have a harder time moving on than konami. konami may not be doing much with ip's like castlevania but it's there. seems like a lot of japanese studios suffered last generation. you have the overly expensive ps3 to make games on but very difficult and time consuming. then you had the xbox 360 which the brand continues to fail in japan. lastly you had the wii which complicated things even further for developers trying to make money.

that's why it's good to see the ps4 do so well which can hopefully revitalize that market which in the past moved on to portable development. which also hopefully means more input from konami.

rainslacker576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

@moldy

Wouldn't go so far as to say that Konami is doomed. But their problems are much more extensive than their relationship with Kojima. Kojima leaving certainly won't destroy the company.

I doubt Kojima will have much trouble moving on. Can't imagine any publisher that wouldn't allow him to make a game. Whether he wants to continue in the AAA market, or move over to the indie scene like many other big devs have remains to be seen.

I'd imagine the second his name comes up for a new IP, it's going to have huge hype. I also wouldn't doubt if he already is in place at a new studio, but everyone is being quiet about it.

ABizzel1576d ago

name these "good ip's" that had "GOOD GAMES" last-generation.

Dance Dance.....really

no more heroes. Not their's

silent hill.... "GOOD GAMES"

metal gear solid is sill theirs, not owned by kojima....."that didn't involve Kojima"

gradius.....finally getting something

castlevania......the 1 good last-gen Castlevania was Lord of Shadow's and Kojima co-produced it.

yu-gi-oh.....What can you really do to mess up this franchise, it's like giving a developer credit for making a good Uno game, although they did co-create it, so I'll give you 1.

pes.....Finally a pure good game. 2.

def jam....."GOOD GAME"

zone of the enders (owned by konami) "that didn't involve Kojima"

contra...."Last-gen" ;

Yeah really digging the bottom of the barrel there, and did nothing, but prove they've been a horrible developer / publisher and Kojima Productions were the true talent turing the mediocre games they made into actual good games, and making their most successful franchise Metal Gear.

Kojima Productions is better off without them, and Konami is headed the way of the A Tier developer, except they're C Tier at best, with former classic franchises that will soon be replaced by Kojima Productions.

abstractel576d ago

Who with talent and choice would choose to work at Konami considering their now out in the open hostile work environment? I think it'll be tough for them to find the talent to make a quality game.

christian hour576d ago

@morganfell

No WAY! Takeshi Kitano!? I think i'll be buying my first ever Yakuza game so :)

fr0sty576d ago

At this point, I'm not going to support them no matter what they do. They have proven their fan base means nothing to them.

XisThatKid575d ago

Yup star wars can come without Lucas, Harry potter without jk

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_-EDMIX-_576d ago

Agreed. When you laugh so hard...a tear rolls down your cheek.

Yukes576d ago

You know what, maybe he's right? Maybe a follow-up MGS game will actually be a solid title in its own right. But it'll always be compared to Kojima's masterpieces, and it'll always come out of the scrap worst off.

You've burnt too many bridges, Konami. We will never forget....

"Oooh, look! A new Assassin's Creed! Let's pre-order it!" Sorry, I digress.

cell989576d ago

theyre gonna F**k with the story, any MGS hardcore fan will have a problem with that

rainslacker576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

It could end up being the best MGS game ever, but it will never get a fair shake by the community. Reviewers may or may not be impartial. It'd be very hard to go into another MGS game without knowing what happened, and it causing a bias among the MGS fan.

In any case, maybe just let the series go for a while. It's not the kind of game that needs to have a release every couple years.

Kojima set the bar pretty high with the series, and that's going to be hard to match if the game is turned out in a publisher committee style which looks at what focus groups want.

Helios86576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

Haha my thoughts exactly. The thing is that MGS is very much Kojimas thing, without Kojima it would be a completely different thing it's got a very personal flair.

Mark my words whatever comes next it will be a complete disaster in terms of being an MGS game.

No Kojima, no Igarashi, no Yamaoka and Silent Hill. They've taken a large dump and lost all their key profiles within the company.

But hey I wish them all the luck with their mobile game bullcrap and slots-machines or whatever it is they do now.

ssj27576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

Kojima and all those guys are director's and more.. great at what they did but just employees who act like they are the Big bosses and they are not, that qualify as trouble makers and got dismiss in mgsv terms.

By the way I can't believe nobody has noticed that MGSV was meant to be sold by parts.. but somehow in the last minute they decide to sale the game as a whole and I haven't seen the end but many are complaining because it feels incomplete because maybe it's. And that is why everytime you finish a mission we see who did thr levels abd all that. And after a while we see to be continued like every other episodic game that makes you wait for new dlc. I'm at 41%.

Anyways.. glad to see konami will not focus on mobile like the haters were saying and glad to see it's all a lie.

If konami is jealous of Assasins creed yearly release and kojima hated that, I can see why they fired kojima. And maybe they now want to make MGS a yearly release game? It's very functional as a business strategy. They just need to have at least two separate studios working on a two years terms and if is successful. . Make it 3 team's for a 3 years term to level up the quality of the game. Because two years terms will obviously lower the quality of any game.

Not saying I agree with this kind of things but it does work great for games.

For example PES gets a yearly release and if the game at least sales 2 millions copies a yeat for 10 years that is over a billion dollars in those 10 year's and those numbers are amazing just for one ip. If they can do the same with MGS and other IPs that is many billions in a 10 year's term. And that is if it at least sale 2million which is very easy to do for this two ips they could easily sale 4 millions a yearly if they are done right. Or more.

The original director creator's are important but it's not the end of the IP if they are gone, silent hill has suffered but they have done other good enough silent hill after the main director was gone. Gow got actually better after David jeff was gone. It all depends on if the new director is good and smart enough. . The ip and ideas are created all you need to do is copy them, since you own the rights and maybe add some twist that fans ask for or remove things that fan complaints about and you get a nee release without the original director that fans of the ip will love.

BlackTar187576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

Sorry you lost me when you said they are just employees. Sorry dude but Kojima is big boss and he alone has kept their Console games in business.

Without him no one knows but saying just employees and trouble makers could not be any further from the truth.

GOW didn't get better imo GOW2 was the best in the series IMO.

Also Silent hill has had nothing but below avg games for like 10yrs now. People weren't excited for the PT demo because of silent hill as much as they were for Kojima and Del toro to be making it. Which is why Silent hill barely sells now of days.

_-EDMIX-_576d ago

@ssj- "By the way I can't believe nobody has noticed that MGSV was meant to be sold by parts"

smh, can't believe you've never played Peace Walker....

psman012576d ago

Such a big stink was made over David hayter being replaced by kiefer, imagine the backlash without kojima....I can't even imagine.

cell989576d ago

we now know why Hayter could not voice Venom Snake in MGSV. And it wasnt causehe was older, no spoilers but there is a legit reason why Hayter is not the voice of Venom Snake. This is the last time a doubt Kojima, he always knew better

Hold_It576d ago

It really doesn't. Contrary to popular belief Kojima isn't the only person who worked on the Metal Gear series.

Tito08576d ago

Yeah, just like Inafune who wasn't the only person working on Mega Man, and Capcom hasn't done a single one after he left, and pretty much Kojima was involved in the first Lords Of Shadows, but then LOS2 came around, whithout Kojima s involvement, while not a bad game, not every bit as good as the first one, one person can make a difference to many, a team can work on something based on what the leader wants them to do, it remains to be seen what's going to be of MGS without Kojima, but I wouldn't count him out of it, not every gaming franchise becomes successful without it's original creator.

Articuno76576d ago

It wasn't just Kojima that was let go though. My understanding was the entiriety of Kojima Productions is going.

KwietStorm576d ago

Obviously. But he created it, and his signature is on every single game. With the studio dissolved, what do you think is left? It's not just his name on the game, the entire franchise is actively his vision. There is a reason why he never could step away from another sequel.

warczar575d ago (Edited 575d ago )

Can you name someone other than him that did? If Konami could make a metal gear without kojima then how come they never tried? Kojima had been saying he would like to make something other than metal gear since about 1995 so why didn't they let someone else try? I'll tell you why, because kojima was all the development talent Konami had and Jack just left town. So go ahead, throw your money at Konami, they love your kind.

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JsonHenry576d ago

They don't need him any more than any game company really needs any one person. But the fans might be a little pissed.

cell989576d ago

this is a bit different than your usual game. You see he writes the story and directs the game. Anything after MGSV will be seen as non-canon and thus will lose credibility with its fanbase. Theres no way to sugarcoat this, without Kojima MGS is not possible. from Story to innovative gameplay to those awesome 4th dimension ester eggs. The story is what makes Metal Gear for me, and so any goofball continuing it on what he things should happen next is oblivious

Count_Bakula576d ago

Your fourteen disagrees are Konami genome soldiers.

AizenSosuke576d ago

Good luck Kojima with the genjutsu your in.

Sokol576d ago

Good luck with that Konami. You won't even sell one third without Kojima.

That's his game inside and out.

Tankbusta40576d ago

MGS doesn't really need Kojima, it already has an engine and set lore. Hell most MGS fans could envision spin off games that Kojima was too stubborn to ever do.

cell989576d ago

spinoffs that will destroy the great story he created? no thanks

Sm00thop576d ago

I think it comes down to the fact that it wouldn't be his vision and that counts for a lot, its the same thing with movies, most of the time it just doesn't work with a different director. It's a rarity for someone else to lead another persons vision and it work out, you just lose the soul of what it was.

I remember playing Dark Souls 2 and thinking its a great game, but there's just something missing that made the first better imo, the pacing wasn't right and the sense of wonder just wasn't there for me.

3-4-5576d ago

* Let's get real here:

* It takes a whole team of people to make a game.

Kojima didn't code or design levels for MGS5....He didn't do the art....he didn't do the music..

OTHER people did those things and accomplished those tasks....NOT Kojima.

Stop this false god /celebritising worshipping BS

He's good at what he does, be Kojima is but one man.

More than one person made those Metal Gear Solid games, and None of you fanboys ever know there names.

Those people who's names you don't know.....THEY are they reason you love Metal Gear Solid.

Not Kojima.

Wake up to reality people.

Sm00thop576d ago

You're right that a lot of people also deserve the credit to, but it still comes down to the fact that sometimes one persons vision is the most important aspect and one that cannot be replaced. People like Kojima tend to be perfectionists and know exactly where they want to go with something. Although some people don't get the praise they should, they probably wouldn't get the backlash either if the game flopped, Kojima and people alike carry a lot of weight on their shoulders.

3-4-5576d ago

Yea I get that. I'm not saying he's not talented or important, but I think far too many people act like he can do no wrong.

It's kind of pathetic to see human beings like bowing down to another human just because he made a few video games they liked.

rainslacker576d ago

The director of a game has a huge influence on how a game turns out. Since he was also the writer, it kind of is a big thing.

Sure he doesn't do every little thing, but he knew what he wanted out of the game.

It's really no different than a movie series which gets better or worse as different directors take over. It's hard to imagine some other director being as passionate about the story or content to not be influenced heavily by the publisher, which will make newer games more likely to be just standard run of the mill fare.

deadchucky575d ago

thanks you save my time i just want to add something bungie did not make halo 5 and the game looks better than before what i'm trying to say is they work as a team with too many people if one is leaving nothing will change also CB leaved epic games with him or without him gears of war will be awesome.

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susanto1228576d ago

Without Kojima I think I am done with MGS no matter what. Kojima is MGS and it' sad that he lost it to Konami.

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d_g576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

it’s like saying earth doesn’t need water

MGS has always been a Hideo Kojima Game

Volkama576d ago

Without Kojima working on the next Metal Gear Solid the entire population of earth will die?

Hmmm. I don't think I'll pre-order that.

d_g576d ago

it was just example of the Relationship between MGS and Kojima ;)

ravinash576d ago

Now we know the reason for that super blood moon.

ssj27576d ago (Edited 576d ago )

Ok if you had a baby and after 20 years you teach him every idea you had in those 20 year's you think your kid wont survive from now on without you? Lol
Kojima ego is bigger than I though and he even transmit it to his fans.

Kojima is a great director but a troll after all not the best or the only one. Hopefully the new director is good. It could be bad but it could also be better. And if is bad they can bring a new director until finding the right one and if they loose the new right director new talent will step in.

Imalwaysright576d ago

Kojima was the director, producer and writer of MGS games.

ssj27576d ago

So kojima did everything let's leave him alone to make the whole game. This is a insult to the others who work next to him to bring the game you play. Without his team and konami helps kojima would have ben noting. Just like I'm noting because I got no team or budget helping create games or whatever I want to do. This guy kojima does not understand the luck and appreciation he sould have. Just because you think kojima is superior to you doesn't mean it's the best.. I'm sure ai can make a mgs game way better than him. Because i understand what the fans love and have the idea's to step up the quality of the ip to new standards and I'm sire like me there are 1000 others . Hopefully one gets the right job and do justice to a ip that many love and are so pasional about. Konami eill not sale the ip and will continue to use it and make more mgs and you and other wishing them to fail just because kojima is not part of it is sad. You guy cant call yourself a gamer end of it but juat blind stupid fanboys

BlackTar187576d ago

Confirmed SSj works for the new Kojimbo productions at Konami.

Imalwaysright576d ago

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

All I said was that Kojima wasn't just a director... but thanks for the laugh!!

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VER1ON576d ago

Ok well, that's a statement. Guess we'll see how they do when they have commited themselves to mobile titles..

Dragonking007576d ago

I think we are giving kojima a little too much credit lets not all get ahead of ourselves thank the production team aswell without them the game wouldn't of been possible sure kojima directed the series for years but im sure by now devs from kojima production have gotten a good idea of what makes his titles significantly different from all the others. Im actually more then happy then happy that kojima moved on to do his own thing without limiting to konamis ways now hes his own leader and can choose what he wants to work on and with who he wants to work with and how he wants to do it.

Moe-Gunz576d ago

Sorry but no. Kojima's mind is what drives the series. It is his influence that makes it special. You can't try to replicate what he brings to the table. Yes the production team deserves an immense amount of credit, but let's not pretend like Kojima isn't the heart of the series. It will never be the same without him and they tried before.

Angerfist576d ago

Yes. There are those small nuances that make it a Kojima Game. But i also have to say that MGS5 isnt as good as MGS4 as far as being a Metal Gear Game is. The environments arent that diverse, the whole presentation felt better in 4.
I understand though that its closer to Peace Walker then the Standard Games. Meaning many small Operations instead of one big per Level.

DiscoKid576d ago

Kojima is not a god; you guys give him far too much praise. He is not the only developer with a vivid outlook on game design.

Spectre_StatusN7576d ago

@DiscoKid

No one claimed he is a god or that he is the only developer with a vivid outlook on game design. However to say MGS will be fine without him is borderline insanity. Kojima is Metal Gear Solid, period. The franchise would not be where it is today, it would not have the historical gaming significance it does without him. I'm sure anybody that's worked under him in development would agree with that and most of the people here who recognize Kojima's greatness.

Systemshock2576d ago

His mind compelled him to ripoff half Splintercell and half GTAV in MGSV taking 7 years with gutted content and chapters.

BlackTar187576d ago

yea it's not kojima /s

Policenauts/Snatchers(Persona l Favorite Kojima game)/zone of enders/MGS yep anyone can hit a home run every time they make a game like Kojima

Sorry but in the video game world Kojima is a god and for good reason he makes amazing games and has amazing direction.