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Profits halved at Metal Gear publisher Konami

Thursday, 8th May 2014 08:28 GMT By Matt Martin

Metal Gear publisher Konami saw profits halved in the full financial year from 13.2bn yen ($129m) to 6.2bn ($60m).

Sales for the financial year ended March 31 were 217.6bn yen ($2.1bn), down marginally from 226bn yen ($2.2bn) for the previous year.

The publisher described sales of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Professional Baseball Spirits 2014 as “solid”.

The company confirmed it will be showing Metal Gear content at E3 next month, and it has plans to develop its sports games for Xbox One and PS4.

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9 Comments

  1. Legendaryboss

    The publisher described sales of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes as “solid”.

    So despite all the crying about length, sale figures were defined as “solid” okay. However, Konami really need to find other franchises to dig their teeth into because besides MGS, there is nothing noteworthy. They ruined a lot of other franchise ZOE (3 is canned) and Silent Hill (Poor HD Collection), which have a lot of potential.

    #1 3 months ago
  2. aseddon130

    @1 you cannot ruin something that simply doesn’t sell well, Zone Of the Enders HD bombed so that put a bullet into a potential sequel that would simply not sell anyway, and while the Silent Hill HD Collection had it’s problems it’s just a series that doesn’t sell well nowadays.

    The only thing they can put forward to be a serious money maker is Pro Evo Soccer especially with it being a new generation, it was around this time last gen that Fifa crept it’s way up and speeded past Pro Evo and it could be possible for it to go the other way.

    They need something new.

    #2 3 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    @aseddon130 Whether they ruined it or not, they cannot rely on MGS forever thus why they need replacements.

    #3 3 months ago
  4. CycloneFox

    Metal Gear Solid remains solid. No problems there. The only concern with that series might be, that they take really long to develop. Another MGS for the Vita would be great from my perspective and third party games sell great on the Vita. I’d say a mid tier production MGS would fit there.

    On their other franchises, Castlevania and PES seem to have their problems but should still have enough potential to sell. The most problematic franchise is Silent hill. That should be given to a Japanese developer with enough production value in my (any anyone’s) opinion.
    And they should also give Suikoden a totally different treatment. It was once a really big JRPG series and was bought in the west just as much as in Japan, which is completely cut away as the last two titles were handheld games which only sell in Japanese which actually cut the selling numbers by half. And at the same time copys of Suikoden 1 and 2 for the PSOne sell for about 120$ each, because Konami didn’t produce nough of them and misses to republish them in PSN. I don’t know, what Konami is thinking.

    #4 3 months ago
  5. Dragon

    New IPs.
    I know , what a horrible horrible thing to create. Can rest of Japanese companies learn that from Sony?

    #5 3 months ago
  6. Erthazus

    @Legendaryboss They cancelled ZoE3 because HD collection of Zone of the enders did not sell well. You need to understand that.

    but you are right about everything else. They are making Silent Hill on the fox engine and good lord as much as I like Metal gear and Hideo Kojima he should make another iP so that Konami should do better and there would be more variety.

    #6 3 months ago
  7. Gheritt White

    They should resurrect the Contra IP and give it the next-gen treatment, just like they did with Castlevania. Could easily get 2 – 2.5M unit sales with ‘roided up mercs facing off against ickly aliens in the South American jungle.

    #7 3 months ago
  8. fihar

    The Fox engine works wonder on the latest PES.
    Too bad the rest of the game is still shit compared to FIFA.

    @CycloneFox
    You should be careful of what you wish for.
    The original Suiko team is gone and that particular world has a backstory almost as rich as Westeros.
    You wouldn’t want a complete outsider to finish ASOIAF if, God forbid, something ever happens to Martin would you?
    There’s a reason why the last two is set in an alternate world and the two before those doesn’t pick up where 3 left off.

    Seriously though, how is it possible for them to mess up Mirror of Fate?
    Handheld Castlevanias used to represent everything that is right about video game.
    If you look for the definition of perfection from the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you’ll find Aria of Sorrow written there and I don’t even like Castlevania.

    #8 3 months ago
  9. salarta

    Konami’s been screwing up everything that isn’t Metal Gear, and that’s only because Kojima’s still around and running the Metal Gear show. Silent Hill, they keep whoring out with developers and games/genres that completely miss the whole point of Silent Hill. Suikoden, they pretend doesn’t even exist anymore, and the last couple times they bothered to do anything with it involved forcing an idea for a whole new game onto the Suikoden name. I know people that were eager for new Silent Hill games and a Suikoden VI, but now DON’T want either because Konami has repeatedly proven they don’t know what they’re doing.

    I think the company’s pretty much dead after Kojima’s gone from Metal Gear. He even tried the idea of handing the reins over to others at Kojima Productions before he’s gone, and they couldn’t handle it.

    #9 3 months ago

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