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Konami Cancelling Silent Hills Is A Good Thing

Pixel Gate UK turns a negative into a positive by looking at the further effects of Silent Hills cancellation:

''Silent Hills, the game that looked set to do what Konami had been trying to do for years, is now officially dead…and that’s great news. It might surprise some people that there’s at least one person whose happy about the cancellation, but I have my reasons, and none of them are ill willed. Silent Hills was always going to be a victim of it’s own success, well specifically P.T’s success, cast firmly in the shadow of expectation of a industry that is unashamedly fickle.''

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AaronPS1271d ago

Hopefully it'll allow Kojima and Del Toro to make their own horror game on par with or scarier than PT.

PixelGateUk1271d ago

Be tricky, i mean Del Toro has a large work load on at the moment

fr0sty1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

Yes, but any game project he'd get involved in would be at least 3-4 years out for full development. Since Konami likely owns Fox Engine, Koji would have to make a new one. That could give Del Toro time to finish his current work while they got the tech side of things in place.

Sashamaz1271d ago

Rather than make a new one why not just use one of the awesome existing ones. Making a game engine from nothing is extremely costly.

darren_poolies1271d ago

Del Toro basically said he's done with games now.

MrSwankSinatra1271d ago

The crazy thing is that people are actually canceling their MGSV pre-orders or saying they're going to buy used instead because this game got canceled, which is beyond stupid. The people who are doing that are causing more harm to people that spent years involved in making that game than good. They honestly think that just because they buy MGSV used (or not at all) it's somehow going to hurt Konami which is laughable. Hate to break it to you people, but Konami makes more money in Japanese pachhinko machines than in the traditional gaming market.

HiddenMission1271d ago

Actually Konami might be in a money problem since they're coming off the new York Stock exchange. Not purchasing a title that probably cost $40 to $60 million to make alone with the money spent on the engine behind it could cripple a company...

Just food for thought.

MrSwankSinatra1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

You do know Konami could recoup what money they lost by just licensing out the fox engine? Not supporting MGSV only hurts Kojima, Kojima Producitions, and the rest of the people working on the game.

@_-EDMIX-_ Not saying that they get payed per copy, but I'm pretty sure they get some sort of revenue based on how well the game performs. I mean for all intent and purposes game companies have all sorts of contracts with creators. Look at Obsidian for instance they could have gotten a large sum of revenue based on how well their game performed critically on metacrtic.

_-EDMIX-_1271d ago

@MrSwank- "Not supporting MGSV only hurts Kojima, Kojima Producitions, and the rest of the people working on the game"

No...no it doesn't, they don't get payed per copy, they are contracted out. The game can go on to sell 3 billion and it wouldn't just net Kojima more money...

They pay him to work on the game, they don't pay him per copy as thats pretty crazy.

He doesn't own the IP, Konami does.

deadpoolio3161271d ago

Here is some better more informed food for though....Konami is not just a video game company...They are going nowhere, and make bank off of their other divisions, they could never make another game for consoles again and still make boat loads of money off of everything else they do

spacedelete1271d ago

@_-Edmix-_ i'm sure developers get a small portion of a game sale. most of the money goes to the publisher, console makers and manfacturing but they do developers get paid as well with a game sale. how would developers survive with just the money from developing games ? exactly. not sure where you got the idea developers don't get paid game sales.

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Anorexorcist1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

In addition to your point, why WOULD long-time Metal Gear fans NOT want to support Kojima's final MG project by buying and playing it? Sure I wasn't pleased with Konami giving Kojima the boot like he was some lazy a$$ seasonal intern, but I love the Metal Gear games and MGS5 is Kojima's curtain call.

Plus the strategy of everyone buying into MGS5 (and not just buying used copies) and THEN boycotting the next MGS title without Kojima's involvement would drive that point a lot harder, I think; Causing a major drop-off in sales for the next Metal Gear installment would have a better chance at catching Konami's attention.

Revolver_X_1271d ago

Konami is going to make money. Question is will their games make money? At this point I would prefer to run Konami out of the industry and they sell off their IP's to pubs who will attempt to make a worthwhile game from them. Silent Hill hasn't been good in many years. And if you want to get a good sense of Kojimas team without him, look at how long they dropped the ball with MGR, until it was given to Platinum Games.

This whole notion of if people boycott MGS5 it sends the wrong message is laughable. Kojima's name has been stricken from the game and practically been erased from it's history for all intents and purposes. I doubt Kojima gives a flying F*** about what happens in the end. Kojima releases one PR generic statement and that's it. I really think Kojima is just tired of it all. He's wanted out since MGS2. I truly have not decided how I will purchase MGS5, only that I will, out of deep love of the franchise. I certainly cannot blame anyone who wishes ill will towards Konami, as a company, not the hard working people there. Lets face it though, the programmers, etc., they've gotten paid. It's the suits that get the bonuses, and I for one won't feel bad for them, if they take a hit due to used game sales. Lastly, keep in mind what type of success MGS5 achieves. Commercial success and critical acclaim are two different things. While I have no doubt that MGS5 will be commercially successful, since the majority of gamers don't really follow news, I care more that MGS5 is successful critically.

MrSwankSinatra1271d ago

Let's be honest here after MGSV nobody will have faith in anything Konami makes after, I know I don't. MGSV is pretty much the last of the Mahicans for Konami

Revolver_X_1271d ago

I completely agree with you there. So sad, I really grew up on Konami. From Castlevania and Contra to MGS and Silent Hill.

R.I.P Konami

MysticStrummer1271d ago

People not buying the game or getting it used will still mean less money for Konami, so I don't see your point at all.

I'll buy it in support of Kojima and because it'll be his last MG game, barring an alignment of gaming stars that results in a sale of the IP to whoever Kojima ends up working for. Hell even if that happens he's been wanting to do new things for a long time so this may still be his last MG anyway.

rdgneoz31271d ago

Exactly. Kojima and his people are all getting laid off after the game as it is, it's not like it'll help them keep their job at all. Only ones it'll be hurting are Konami who are screwing over Kojima and fans of MGS/Silent Hill.

I'll be getting the game as it'll be the last true MGS game. Looking forward to see what Kojima and his crew will be working on next.

TricksterArrow1271d ago

Well, I hope they do make more money off other things then, because I see no bright future in the games department. I for one, do not intend to buy anything from this company anymore.

Palitera1271d ago

"The people who are doing that are causing more harm to people that spent years involved in making that game than good."

That's where you are very very wrong.

They are making no difference at all. Period.

mogwaii1271d ago

The thing is it will send a powerful message to konami, thats the point.

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Gwiz1271d ago

Why is it a good thing?honestly i think it's not.I'm pretty pissed actually
about the whole situation with Kojima and now not knowing if MGS:PP
is going to deliver a SOLID SNAKE experience.

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