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Konami tweeted out their E3 MGSV #FULTONDROP Twitter RT Sweepstakes. Rules and restrictions apply, US/CAN (excluding Quebec) only.

Konami Digital Entertainment Fan Promotion Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE ODDS OF WINNING. ENTRY INTO THE PROMOTION CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

These Official Rules apply to the E3 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Fulton Drop Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”). Individuals who follow the @Konami twitter account will have six opportunities to Retweet (“RT”) specific E3 #FultonDrop tweets, two tweets per day, by the official @Konami Twitter account on Tuesday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18. Each tweet will be a different opportunity to win. Individuals who RT a specified tweet will automatically be entered into a random drawing for one of the prizes from the following list: PlayArts Kai: Snake Peacewalker Figure (2 available), Musterbrand: MGS Scarf, Musterbrand: MGS Parka, Musterbrand MGS Tee-shirt, & Nendriod: 447 Solid Snake figure. Each winner will also receive a Diamond Dogs Tee-shirt. Entries must follow the @Konami Twitter account in order to win. Entries will only be accepted during the Term (defined below) of the Promotion.

E3 is officially underway and twitter is a flurry with snapshots of Konami’s booth. Sean and Jackie of Kojima Productions can be seen demo’ing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for the attendees. A different demo will be played behind closed doors later in the day but here are images from the booth today. Check out the pictures below.

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[UPDATE]

Ken clarifies what he said in a follow up tweet…

Playing with our emotions, but my assumptions still stand about its future.


Ken from KP is busy making news, this one being not so great… he just tweeted in response to someone asking of Platinum Games and Konami would be announcing MGR2 saying:

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Those still hanging on to hope can say well maybe he just means for E3, but the likely hood is the game will not be pursued considering the circumstances revolving Kojima and his future with Konami.

Sad news indeed :(.

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MITCH DYER from IGN reports that IGN have a lengthy explanation from Konami that has shed light on the future of Silent Hill, Metal Gear, and Konami’s “Mobile First” future. The company has also issued an apology for the concerns over their latest decisions and market stance.

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.”

Konami’s statement continued to explain that, in addition to mobile gaming, “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.”

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“Japan is our primary market for mobile content,”

“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.

Indeed, Konami is focusing on mobile, and it’s because the publisher is focusing on its own soil first and foremost.

“Japan is our primary market for mobile content,” said Hayakawa. He cited Japan as a smartphone leader, with approximately 50% market saturation – more than China and the United States. Hayakawa also explained that “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.”

Check out the rest of the write up here, on IGN’s website.

 

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via Mike Futter of Gameinformer

There has been mounting evidence that Konami is shifting its priority away from console gaming. As we reported earlier this week, the company’s revenues from console titles has dropped 30 percent over the past three years. Now, a direct statement indicates where the company’s new priorities lay.

Speaking to Nikkei, Konami Digital Entertainment president Hideki Hayakawa says that mobile is the company’s future. “From now on, mobile is at the center,” Hayakawa told Nikkei (roughly translated via Google).

He also indicates that key franchises, like Metal Gear Solid, may also be pushed into the mobile space. The company is exploring ways to expand its presence in that sector in Japan and overseas.

Click here for the rest of the article

[Source: Nikkei (Translated via Google) via MCV] via Gameinformer

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Via Kotaku

Over the past month, as word began to escape the Konami factory that things are not well between the Japanese publisher and Kojima, speculation began that Silent Hills might be no more. Things heated up over the weekend as del Toro publicly stated that the game wasn’t happening, and sure enough, now it’s official.

Says Konami in a statement to Kotaku:

Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued.

In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.

This is absolutely tragic news and having played the P.T. (playable teaser) released a while back I can honestly say this was something I was really looking forward too. With that said, P.T. will be pulled from the PlayStation Network this week, so get it while you still can.

source: Kotaku

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Via videogamer.com

Hideo Kojima was “fired” by upper management at Konami, according to tweets made by Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes voice actress Donna Burke.

“Yes don’t throw away the Kojima teams work over the last 5 years because upper management fired a genius,” Burke tweeted earlier today.

When asked whether she had just confirmed that Kojima was fired, Burke replied: “yes but it’s been out in the media for weeks..but it’s true”

A Konami representative has denied Burke’s claims, telling VideoGamer.com that the suggestion Kojima has been fired is “categorically incorrect”.

What a mess we still have here. At this point, I strongly feel Konami needs to be more transparent on what ACTUALLY HAPPENED because clearly the community and fans alike actually care what went down. I think good or bad Konami would save themselves a ton of headaches if they just came clean with this mess instead of us learning about this or that from random news outlets and hearsay sources.

source: VG.com

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Word comes from the official Metal Gear Japanese Twitter account that Thursday’s Kojima Station as far as we can tell from the rough translation will not be happening and possibly not be resuming until decisions concerning the future of broadcast are made.

In other tweets the team thanks the fans for the encouragement and support they have received, apologizes for concerns, and for not being able to respond to everyone on Twitter about the matter.

This coupled with recent news is to no surprise to us but we did have a little hope it would air and maybe give Konami a chance to clear some things out in the air even if scripted, but it doesn’t look like that will even happen. Keep it here for more news.

source: @metalgear_jp

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An interview done with GamePark which was translated on reddit a couple days ago had all the signs of being legit but since I was not familiar with the site I was reluctant to relay the report due to the large amount of speculation and rumors and false reports out there right now but it looks to be confirmed due to Konami’s new Japanese Metal Gear twitter account retweeting the interview link.

The interview says the following:

Konami Spokesman: Director Kojima will continue being the director of the “Metal Gear” Series

Many users have voiced their anxiety on the upcoming release MGSV:TPP, Game*Spark and Konami’s Editorial Department has provided some answers:

     Will Kojima Productions be disbanded?
     Yes. All releases previously made under different studios will be centralized and coordinated from headquarters.

     Will Kojima be leaving his position?
     Kojima will remain the director of the “Metal Gear” series. He will continue to innovate with new ideas as creator.

     What about talks of him stepping down as director? Are those true?
     He is still one of our employees, and is continuing to work full-strength on “MGSV:TPP”.

     And is it true that he has been changed to a contract employee?
     We cannot reveal private details.

     Is it true that KojiPro’s staff have restricted internet and e-mail access?
     It is true that the reorganization has resulted in this. This is done in order to provide a greater development environment.

     In that case, will Kojima be less available for interviews?
     As a result, yes.

So it seems the source from GameSpot was pretty accurate but it still remains unclear if Kojima will be the Director after this upcoming December when his contract ends. My guess would be no but, there is always wishful thinking. Another fact that shows that the information we got from the GameSpot source appears from Senior Producer Ken Ichiro Imaizumi of now dissolved Kojima Productions on his linkedin profile as seen below confirming his now “contractor” status which we also assume most of KojiPro’s other senior staff members are as well.

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source: Reddit / JunkerHq / Gamepark

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Via Konami:

To Customers,

Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.

The latest title in the METAL GEAR series,“METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2nd. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.

Hideo Kojima stated,

“I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!”

In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.

As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new “METAL GEAR”.

We will be conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development.

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