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Konami Squashes Rumor, Says They’re Still Producing AAA Games

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It seems like the latest rumor surrounding Konami abandoning their AAA game development isn’t true, according to a new statement from the publisher.

A representative from Konami has gone on the record to say the publisher is not AAA game development for home consoles, according to a response over on Reddit.

The user opened a support ticket, asking what is happening with the future of Metal Gear Solid and the Fox Engine. To his surprise (and ours) the company responded with the following statement:

“I can promise you that we’re definitely not leaving Metal Gear behind or anything like that. I know some blogs were claiming that online this morning, but I’m not really sure where they’d be getting that from.

We’re still definitely working on console games and franchises such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, PES and all the rest.”

It’s worth mentioning that Konami was previously hiring new staff for an entirely new Metal Gear project, although it remains to be seen what this could be.


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32 comments
  1. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    September 22, 2015 at 11:13 am

    If so, i want a Castlevania sexy game con PC XD

  2. deadeye
    deadeye
    September 22, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Well this is confusing. I’m just gonna wait from some kind of official statement from Konami themselves as to what they plan to do in the future.

  3. FlagrantPilgrim
    FlagrantPilgrim
    September 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Hopefully this is the official word.

    Also you’re missing a word in the second paragraph:
    “has gone on the record to say the publisher is not (I’m assuming ‘abandoning’ goes here) AAA game development for home consoles”

  4. Etherblaze
    Etherblaze
    September 22, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I think I’ll wait until something is announced until I believe it. Where’s my fucking Enders’ Project, Konami?

  5. UUDDLRLR BASTART
    UUDDLRLR BASTART
    September 22, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Who of talent is left there to make AAA though? Overseas outsourcing does not net AAA either, only triple (S)hit games.

  6. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    September 22, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Triple AAA pachinko machine’s?

  7. DrWawee
    DrWawee
    September 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

    But is a Konami without Iga or Kojima really Konami?

  8. iamarchaeus
    iamarchaeus
    September 22, 2015 at 11:37 am

    chapter 3 please.

  9. sanic
    sanic
    September 22, 2015 at 11:49 am

    That was a rumour I thought it was fact aw jeez.

  10. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    September 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Is Konami deliberately acting retarded, are all the staff given distinct information for shit and giggles?

  11. OverlordZetta
    OverlordZetta
    September 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I feel like this article’s title should be more like “Konami Squashes AAA Game, Says They’re Still Producing Rumors.”

  12. Nagato
    Nagato
    September 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Anyone with a lick of common sense could’ve figured as much; of course they wouldn’t leave that MGS money on the table when they’ve just been handed the perfect formula to milk.

    Although all I really want is a proper sequel to Rising, and maybe an improved Lords of Shadow 3 by Platinum.

  13. Fisterbottom
    Fisterbottom
    September 22, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Seems the guy that is replying to emails hasn’t got the memo they aren’t making AAA games anymore.

  14. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    September 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I’m not sure if this is worse or better.

  15. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I think what he meant to say was Metal Gear, Metal Gear Revergence, Metal Gear Online.

  16. V Whitaker
    V Whitaker
    September 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    No. Absolutely not.

  17. Jack
    Jack
    September 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    The original Moby Dick was missing it’s epilogue
    It might not be over yet

  18. Domingo
    Domingo
    September 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    No mention of Ganbare Goemon?
    Absolutely disgusting.

  19. Booz
    Booz
    September 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    What’s worse than Konami not doing more AAA games?

    Konami actually doing more AAA games after all that’s happened.

  20. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    September 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    They gave several.

  21. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    September 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Silent Hill…? They said they are still working on Silent Hill…?

    Yep, the user got trolled.

    Also, shouldn’t this sentence:

    “A representative from Konami has gone on the record to say the publisher is not AAA game development for home consoles”

    be like this: “…is not stopping AAA game development…”?

  22. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    September 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    yeah I don’t believe them

  23. ender424
    ender424
    September 23, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Does it even matter? Hard to be optimistic about Konami’s future at this point.

  24. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    September 23, 2015 at 1:58 am

    I do think they can redeem themselves, just make good games. I just don’t think they are really interested in that at the moment.

  25. landlock
    landlock
    September 23, 2015 at 3:23 am

    …and yet they have nothing announced at all. Not a single game on the consoles upcoming.

  26. GonzoLewd
    GonzoLewd
    September 23, 2015 at 4:47 am

    How? They have no more talent working for them.

  27. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    September 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Well then they gotta get new talent or make do with the people they have.

  28. GonzoLewd
    GonzoLewd
    September 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    That’s the problem, they don’t give a shit about acquiring. They’re just going to make do with the people to make more Soccer games or mobile games.

    The only way I can see them improving is if they see their stocks plummet and the CEO steps down and they add another CEO who actually cares about their fanbase. Sort of like Square Enix’s position back in 2012.

  29. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    September 23, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Yeah, hopefully that happens. I would say to give the IPs to another company, but I don’t think that usually works. At worst they’ll outsource the game to cheap american game studio #45 and just continue making mockeries of loved IPs.

  30. GonzoLewd
    GonzoLewd
    September 24, 2015 at 12:29 am

    They already did that with Castlevania when they kicked off Igarashi and asked Mercury Steam, the guys who made Jericho which was utter garbage, to make Lords of Shadows and a sequel. They’ll probably ask them to make a Contra reboot.

  31. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Ok Konami. Name one game you’re working on.