The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Launch Trailer Packs Nostalgia

The launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been released, which marks the very last time that Hideo Kojima will be involved with the series. Check it out directly below.

In what is a completely heartfelt and nostalgic goodbye to the series he created decades ago, Kojima shows the transformation of Snake and the trials he’s been through throughout the various games in the series. The graphics have definitely come a long way, but each and every one of these games has been an equally incredible experience.

The reviews so far for the game have been, unsurprisingly, glowing. They’re saying it’s a fitting send off for Kojima and ends the series on a very high note that it deserved. However, aspects like multiplayer have not been fully tested, and that means we’re not entirely sure of the deal with that hole micro-transaction thing. Hopefully the multiplayer is stable and awesome, and hopefully Konami doesn’t try to force you into paying real money to experience it to its fullest.

Don’t mess this up, Konami. Just… don’t.

New Metal Gear Solid V Screenshots Boast The Diamond Dog

While Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will certainly have its fair share of hiding behind things while sneaking around to take down the bad guys, we shouldn’t forget the fact that there’s also a freakin’ dog in the equation.

That’s correct, Snake’s best Diamond Dog accompanies him on many of his travels in this game, as shown by the following screenshots. Please check them out as well as shots showing other cool things below.

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Is Microsoft Planning To Save Silent Hills?

A huge (HUGE) rumor is going around that was started by YouTube channel The Know that claims that a deal is in the works between Microsoft and Konami to save Silent Hills.

The channel claims that this information comes from an anonymous yet reliable source. Here’s what they claim:

– Microsoft is trying to buy Silent Hills and the entire franchise and make it an Xbox One exclusive

– Konami wiping the P.T. demo from the PlayStation Store was a show of good faith to Microsoft

– They are trying to get it finalized for an announcement at E3

– Silent Hills is 80% complete

– They are planning release the game in March 2016

– Microsoft going to fork over billions of dollars for the franchise

Now, I would want for this rumor to be true as much as anyone, but considering all of the above points it seems EXTREMELY unlikely. It seems crazy to me that Microsoft would pay billions of dollars for a franchise that really hasn’t been hugely popular in years. I also find it hard to believe that the game is already 80% and would be released in March of next year. From what we heard the game was in the very early stages when the P.T. demo was released last year, with the tentative release date being 2016/2017. Lastly, how the hell would Sony ever let Microsoft get away with this?

Again, I would love for this to be true, but we’re just gonna have to wait and hear from the big guys themselves regarding these rumors. If they are true and Microsoft has the announcement for E3, they would win the entire show with that news alone. Check out the video detailing these rumors below.

Konami Isn’t Completely Ditching Console Games For Mobile Games

Konami has been the center of a lot of controversy lately over the recent handling of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the complete abandonment of Silent Hills and the announcement that they would be focusing on the mobile gaming market aggressively.

While all of this has been a major blow to Konami’s reputation, the president of Konami, Hideki Hayakawa, has come out to clear the air a bit. Here’s what he said regarding the recent shift to mobile games:

“We often hear the term ‘mobile first,’ and I want to specify that Konami’s idea of mobile first is not at all to focus purely on mobile games. 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.”

He then goes into detail regarding the dramatic internal shifts that the company has been going through lately:

“Until now, in addition to game development duties, our creators were handling a wide range of responsibilities including managerial roles. This can be a helpful approach when a studio concentrates on progressively specializing in a specific style of product, but we have found that a sudden market shift can render that specialization invalid and leave the studio unable to keep up.

“We faced difficulties in taking advantage of market shifts in areas such as licensing, with expansion of IPs outside of the games themselves, and also in leveraging IPs between different devices such as from consoles to the mobile platform.”

“Based on these lessons, we have changed our approach to instead have managerial staff thoroughly focus on strategy and how their individual skills can be best applied, with that strategy then being executed together with the creative staff.”

While this puts me at ease a little bit for the future of Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, it’s still a bummer that Silent Hills isn’t going to be happening. Hopefully some more info will come out regarding what they have in store for both series.

Konami Now Focusing Aggressively On Mobile Games

Konami is making a massive shift of focus here.

Konami has been making lots of waves lately when it was revealed that Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima left the company and the very promising Silent Hills game was cancelled.

While people had their opinions why all of this is going down, Konami themselves have now made it quite clear in a recent statement where they’re priorities now lie.

Here’s what Konami CEO, Hideki Hayakawa said on the topic:

“We will pursue mobile games aggressively,” Hayakawa told Nikkei Trendy Net (via NeoGAF). “Our main platform will be mobiles. Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power pro and Winning Eleven with additional content, our games must move from selling things like ‘items’ to selling things like ‘features.'”

He goes on to call mobile games the future of gaming:

“Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies,” Hayakawa added. “We hope that our overseas games such as MGSV and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there too.”

This is a pretty massive shift of focus for Konami, but one that isn’t all too surprising considering things that have happened over the last several months. Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill are two very big franchises for them, and how they treated both of them as they did recently makes a lot more sense now.

Don’t Ever Delete P.T., Because If You Do It’s Gone Forever

Guard P.T. with your lives, as if you delete it it will be gone forever.

I hope you haven’t deleted the P.T. demo from your PlayStation 4, as Konami has completely wiped it from the servers. Whereas we originally thought that those who downloaded it would always be able to re-download it, it has now been confirmed that that is no longer the case.

So, for those who have P.T. on their consoles, do not – I repeat – DO NOT delete it from your system unless you have no desire to play it ever again. This was a teaser that many loved and will no doubt cause even more auctions on eBay listing PS4’s with P.T. on them for several thousands of dollars.

In case you didn’t already know, P.T. was a teaser for a proposed new entry in the Silent Hill series called Silent Hills. It would have been developed by Konami with Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro at the helm, which seemed (and was) too good to be true.

Konami Confirms That Silent Hills Has Been Cancelled

The game that everyone has been anticipating is cancelled, but all is not lost just yet.

It was revealed over the weekend that the Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro collaboration of Silent Hills‘ future was looking grim.

Now, Konami has released an official statement to Kotaku confirming that the game is indeed cancelled. Here’s what they said:

“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.”

However, all is not lost as Konami also said that future discussion on Silent Hills projects with Kojima and Del Toro are underway. Here’s what they said about that:

“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.”