• Konami Issues an Apology and Explains their Statement ‘Mobile First’ Future

    Konami has made a lot of decisions recently which left the gaming world wondering about their future and of those games that they publish, Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill being the more pressing ones.

    Recently the issued a statement saying that they will target mobile gaming more which put many people questioning exactly what they were planning. With the split between Konami and Kojima, also cancellation of Silent Hills, Konami’s future didn’t seem to certain.

    However it seems that the situation might have been a bit misleading. In a statement to IGN, a Konami representative said,

    “We are aware that the conjecture surrounding our recent changes has prompted a great deal of anxiety, for which we apologise. The Metal Gear and Silent Hill series, both beloved by countless fans around the globe, are also extremely important to Konami.”

    “We have nurtured them with care over many years since their inception, and will continue to produce products for both franchises, but we are not currently at a stage where we can announce the path these future titles will take.”

    As for what they plan in the near future, Konami President and Representative Director Hideki Hayakawa said to Nikkei,

    “Konami’s idea of Mobile First is not at all to focus purely on mobile games.”

    “Our aim is to continue to build up a comprehensive portfolio of console, arcade, and card game titles for each IP while also making the best possible use of the mobile devices that accompany our customers in their daily life, thus expanding the limits of entertainment and appealing to more and more customers,” Hayakawa said.

     “Japan is our primary market for mobile content, [as] the Japanese market is populated with consumers who are extremely particular and discerning, and it is this environment that has helped us polish game design quality to such a high level.”

    Explaining the situation regarding MGS V and Hideo Kojima, Hayakawa said,

    “Until now, in addition to game development duties, our creators were handling a wide range of responsibilities including managerial roles; we have changed our approach to instead have managerial staff thoroughly focus on strategy and how their individual skills can be best applied, with that strategy then being executed together with the creative staff.”

    Guess this is what it meant when rumors suggested Hideo Kojima was “fired”. Guess the extent of his role in Konami was reduced due to their new “unification” plan. Wonder what it means for Hideo Kojima going in the future, as well as the MGS series.

  • Kojima Leaves Konami Because of "Power Struggles"

    There has been news regarding the situation between Kojima and Konami. But Hideo Kojima has said that metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the last official entry to the series. He has said this many a times but this time maybe he really means it.

    There seems to be quite a drama between Kojima Productions and the owning Publisher, Konami. According to inside source that told GameSpot, that senior staff at the developer has been restricted access to corporate internet, emails and even phones.

    Even some "key developers at the studio," including Kojima himself, will have limited opportunities to help promote the game. This "Power struggles" are resulting in drastic changes and the source claims that once MGSV is done, the management will be gone:

    "After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December."

  • Metal Gear Online To Be Unveiled

    metal-gear-online-logoGeoff Keighley hinted that the highly popular MGO would resurface again in the coming month.

    “Kojima will announce the next edition of Metal Gear Online during the annual Video Game Awards in early December. We don't know whether we'll see actual gameplay at the time, but we'd settle for a teaser trailer.” Geoff Keighley tweeted out, he also tweeted out that Hideo Kojima would be joining him at the game awards to premiere MGO.

    MGO came bundled with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots back in 2008. Kojima had decided to sadly shut down the servers even though millions of people were still playing it.

    Metal Gear Online will be making its return alongside Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. A new trailer made a debut this weekend's PlayStation Experience event, it shows the fact that a military multiplayer game does not have to be entirely about guns. We are eagerly waiting to learn more about it.

  • MGSV Phantom Pain - Kojima Worries It Will Be Too Huge to Finish


    So MGS V Ground Zeroes has received a lot of praise for its story and overall gameplay but, has received equal criticism for being too short. According to reviewers the main mission (ignoring side quests and all) takes about 2 hours to complete. This ticked off a lot of people for which reason the price of the game was dropped by $10, to $30.

    So now it seems that MGS V Ground Zeroes was just short because it was the prelude, but the main game MGS V Phantom Pain is going to be huge. So much so that Kojima now fears gamers might not be able to finish it.

    According to Hideo Kojima, the game is “more than 200x bigger than Ground Zeroes”, and although the number of missions have not been confirmed, there seems to be a lot of them. This is what he said,

    "It’s not about clearing the story, it’s not about clearing the mission. It's about discovering new elements, new routes, new ways to play."

    This raises more questions. Is the game really going to be as big as Skyrim? 200x bigger than MGS Ground Zeroes, so will it have a 400+ hours of storyline at least? Hope we get some answers.

  • Kojima Says the PS4 Brings Us Closest To "Photorealistic Quality"


    This has been a hot topic for a while. Since both the Xbox One and PS4 are so comparable, their ability to be best represent cross platform titles have received a lot of attention. For now it seems that most games have a higher resolution on the PS4 and this bit of news again supports the PS4.

    Several games have already been reported to perform better on the PS4. This debate really started off since the release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition which plays significantly better on the PS4. Also the upcoming and highly anticipated Watch Dogs has been reported to play at 1080p at 60FPS on the PS4 but only at 30FPS on the Xbox One.  However one does have to realize that for a 3rd person, 30FPS is just as good.

    However what the Metal Gear Solid’s creator Hideo Kojima told Famitsu will not let this discussion end anytime soon.

    "I think, between the home consoles available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best. It's also excellent for graphics, being able to render 1080p at 60fps with room to spare. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It's the closest to the photorealistic quality we are aiming at."

    This comes after what Kojima recently said, that the PS4 version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes looks "slightly better" than the Xbox One version. Although we don’t have the technical details about resolution or FPS rates on either consoles, but we can safely take Kojima's word for it. Things aren’t looking too good for the Xbox One right now.

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