Oh Konami, what are we going to do with you? The once great game developer seems intent on utterly self-destructing, if its actions this year are anything to go buy. The publisher of such classics as the Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid series has seen developer fallouts and stock market bluster place it in the news for negative reasons far too often this year.
Some will argue that it is of little consequence to the gaming monolith. After all, videogames make up a very small portion of the company’s business dealings these days, with more of a focus being placed on slot machines and health clubs these days.
Still, its reputation in the gaming world should really be held to a higher regard, yet the company seem intent on damaging it beyond repair. Here are just a few of the things they have pulled this year.
Delisting Itself From the New York Stock Exchange
Okay, so Konami is a Japanese business first and foremost, so it makes sense that they are going to focus on that market above all others, but it still seems mighty strange for such a large company to so suddenly delist itself from the New York Stock Exchange.
It’s certainly a hit for gamers, as of the company’s many revenue streams, videogames seem to be its most internationally viable. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that the move followed much larger news.
What Happened With Hideo Kojima?
Nintendo has Shigeru Miyamoto. Capcom had Shinji Mikami. Hell, even Epic Games had Cliffy B. The point is that many a great games developer has that one superstar developer, whose games seem to be held to a different standard to everybody else’s. For Konami that developer was Hideo Kojima and his game was Metal Gear Solid.
The MGS series has been enormously popular ever since it wowed games on the PS1, with the Metal Gear games that came before being more of a niche product. In fact, The Phantom Pain is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the current generation. All of this makes it all the more perplexing that Hideo Kojima’s name won’t be on the final product.
He and his team may have built the game, but after a falling out that led to his cutting ties with Konami, the company has announced that he won’t be getting credit for his game. The falling out is one thing, but taking his name off a game when everyone knows who made it is just petty.
As much as Konami might want us to believe otherwise, the Metal Gear Solid games that they pump out post-Kojima are never going to come close to what the man himself produces.
Silent Hills Cancelled
In the fallout of the Kojima saga, survival horror fans found themselves asking what was going to happen with the rebooted Silent Hill series. Silent Hills had built up a groundswell of support, especially in the wake of the terrifying P.T demo, so Konami must surely have had plans for it after Kojima was taken off the project.
That doesn’t appear to be the case though, as the game has now been cancelled and P.T. isn’t even available to gamers anymore. It’s a ridiculous showing all round from a company that has such a rich history. One can only wonder if this is a crazy attempt by Konami to rid themselves of the industry altogether, but if one thing is certain it’s that gamers will never see them the same way again.
Lee Price is a freelance writer and general miscreant who enjoys video games, movies and making dreary situations better by adding copious amounts of alcohol. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Lee2112 to read his random musings.