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Konami issues an apology to fans, promises focus on consoles

Konami has reached out to fans through Polygon to apologize for causing anxiety &  promise continued support for consoles & PC

If your a fan of Konami games or follow the gaming world closely then you’ve seen the storm  of controversy surrounding the famous developer. Starting off with the alleged firing of Hideo Kojima the mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid Series, followed by the cancelling of the much anticipated Silent Hills title. If that wasn’t enough the companies newly appointed president has suggested that they switch their focus solely to the mobile market. Overall it has been a roller coaster ride for Konami and its fans that the company is trying to clear up.

Today they reached out to Polygon with a letter apologizing  to fans, that tries to explain what has really been going on at Konami and why they shouldn’t worry. In the letter they are quick to apologize for the confusion that all the recent changes the company has made caused. Saying “We are aware that the conjecture surrounding our recent changes has prompted a great deal of anxiety, for which we apologize,” Going onto say that quotes from a recent interview  “lacked the necessary context and caused unrest within our key stakeholders including our community, members of the press, our partners and our fans”

Throughout the rest of the letter that Konami translated for Polygon to post on their site tried to give fans the truth behind everything that has been happening. Stressing that when president Hideki Hayakawa said they would begin focusing on “mobile first” he did not mean leaving consoles and PC behind. Instead he was trying to explain the companies desire to react to swift changes in the market quickly by branching out to mobile devices. Specifically they want to move away from just making games to making add on content that stretches across every device we use.

After touching on the “mobile first” controversy Konami touched on an even bigger hot button issue, what happened with Silent Hills and Kojima. Saying that in March they introduced a new centralized production division system designed to make a clear distinction between management and creative roles.

Explaining that “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.”

Suggesting that they had tried to remove Kojima from the Metal Gear Solid creative team and place him in a strictly managerial position. An idea that likely didn’t sit well with Kojima who has said he left Konami behind by choice. Company president  Hayakawa was quick to say that even with these changes they are still dedicated to the Silent Hills and Metal Gear Solid franchises. If that and anything else the company said in the letter to Polygon are true is still up in the air.

Source: Polygon

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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