Konami is with Sony all the way!
It's no secret that Konami is currently PS2's biggest supporter. Aside from the fact that we have Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty coming along this Fall, Konami will release a total of three games in one month, all of which are bound to be hits. We first have Ring of Red, a Vietnam War based strategy title. Shadow of Destiny, a title created by the people who brought us Silent Hill, and then we have the much anticipated mech fighter Zone of the Enders. Those three games plus ESPN NBA 2 Night, ESPN X-Games Snowboarding and Gradius III & IV. And yes even though EA has more titles on the PS2 than Konami, let's not forget that most of them were sports games. So why all of this from Konami to Sony? Today Kazumi Kitaue, executive director for Konami reported to numerous news agencies including Bloomberg, that Sony will be decreasing the price of the PS2, and start running advertisements for it even more than before. "
"The PlayStation 2 platform will be at the top of our list, since sales are likely to grow rapidly," Kazumi Kitaue exclaimed. "We plan to spend about 70 percent of our development resources on games for PlayStation consoles next year."
70% am I reading that right? This percentile is easily showing itself, with the three March releases, 3 launch titles, Silent Hill 2, Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid 2 coming along for the PS2, gamers can all rejoice. And as for Metal Gear Solid X, don't jump to conclusions just yet, Konami is denying rumors that it will be a port of MGS2 for PS2. Many analysts are suspecting it to be Metal Gear Solid: Integral, a Japanese three CD combo that was sold with MGS and VR: Missions, but Konami won't issue a comment on that, although they are not denying it... hmmm. As for Silent Hill X I suspect it will be Silent Hill 2.
In related news, Age of Empires 2 will also be published by Konami for the PS2 a little later this year. Konami hopes to include online gameplay into the title, since that's what RTS (real time strategy) games are all about.
"Games for Xbox don't figure much in our plans for next year to March 2002", Kazumi Kitaue Bloomberg news. "Devoting resources to game development for the new console is risky, as the company has not shown us a clear business strategy."
Could it possibly be that Microsoft are a bunch of morons? Well yeah! It seems as if they are not sharing any XBox business strategy info with their 3rd party, and not even with Konami! Microsoft expects 3rd party to waste millions on developing games when it all can come down to an atrocious launch for XBox. Konami will not be taking this risk, instead re-establish themselves on Sony's Playstation 2, then see how well XBox does. And it appears that neither Metal Gear or Silent Hill will make it for XBox up until after March 2002, oh-oh spells V-E-R-Y B-A-D N-E-W-S for Microsoft, doesn't it? Ha! That's a double whammy for Sony, and negative for Microsoft.