Around a month ago I brought to you my thoughts and history with the Japanese games company Square Enix, today I do the same for Konami and eventually will do more of these historical pieces about my gaming life which isn’t Nintendo, PlayStation, SEGA or Xbox.
Reason I’m doing Konami for now is the recent announcement of Metal Gear Survive and a new Momotaro Dentetsu. Along with myself downloading and playing some of Konami’s older games on via the VITA.
You’ll have read the title of this article Make Konami Great Again, I’m not sure if that is even possible and unlike Make America Great Again which inspired the name, has people better for worse behind the Make America Great Again. I don’t honestly think Konami want to be great again, the same way we as gamers want them to be great again.
Not everyone will have an issue with Konami or even know what’s been happening with the company as they’ll happily buy Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 this year and long as that game is great, then they’re happy.
I may have played or since played Konami games from the way back on the NES but mainly my history with Konami began with the PlayStation during the start of 1999 with two games released on almost the same day Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill.
With those series being my reason I’ve joined on the Jim Sterling #FucKonami bandwagon as a 9-year-old (Yes I was playing games not meant for a 9-year-old) when these games came out early in my gaming life when I was now trying games with more depth compared to what I had been playing.
Now 17+ years later, I’ve played and bought nearly all the games in both series and MGS2, SH2 then MGS4 were enough to make me buy a PS2 and PS3 even at launch, just for a game that wasn’t coming out for another year.
With that in mind, when I hear things like how they’ve treated Hideo Kojima and his team who for me put Konami on the map. Now to see the recent Metal Gear Survive announcement, which tarnishes the game series with what looks like a cheap cash in using the series name and his plans for the Silent Hill series which had Guillermo del Toro being on board, just to be canned.
Kojima is not the only one to miss treated by Konami, so was Akira Sakuma the man behind Momotaro Dentetsu and the other big one being Koji Igarashi best known behind some Castlevania games, he like Kojima has gone off to form his own studio which launched the successfully funded KickStarter Bloodstained a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of Night.
This leads me to the question how do you make Konami great again as Kojima and his team you would want to continue Metal Gear, have now gone off to make their own thing, that I would leave Metal Gear dormant.
Silent Hill hasn’t really had a face behind it and a few studios have taken a bash at the series already, I would continue to get a studio maybe Red Barrels to try their hand at the series.
Castlevania, like Metal Gear I would want to give to Igarashi the series but now he’s working on his own series, I would also leave it dormant just like these IP’s Contra, Gradius, Suikoden, Mystical Ninja, Sparkster, Bomberman, Bloody Roar just to name a few of their IP’s they own.
That best for Konami might to leave all their games dormant even Silent Hill and just focus on what they want to do and be great at that.