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In what can only be described as a surprise move, Konami will officially relinquish all ties to the Metal Gear franchise to Hideo Kojima.

“After much deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that we made a mistake in the way we treated Hideo Kojima,” read a leaked press release. “We never should have treated him the way we did. We have learned too late that our actions have cost us a lot of public trust – trust that we will likely never regain…As a means of restitution, we are handing over all rights to the Metal Gear franchise to Kojima Productions.”

Needless to say, nobody expected Konami to have this sudden change of heart. We here at GeekReply have reached out to Kojima regarding his reaction but have yet to hear back from him. We did, however, get to witness the reaction of the biggest Konami critic on the Internet, Jim Sterling.

“I am shocked I tell you, shocked,” mused Sterling. “Never in a billion years would I expect Konami capable of such a feat. I can say quite proudly that I was glad to be wrong about the company. I hope this marks a turning point where we all can once again say we love Konami without feeling sick to our stomachs.”

Furthermore, the press release stated in no uncertain terms that Konami wants to sell franchises such as Silent Hill and Castlevania to other companies. What this means for the future of Konami is anyone’s guess, but at least we can rest easy knowing these beloved game franchises are in good hands. Well, potentially good hands; the last thing anyone wants is for modern-day Atari to get its hands on Castlevania or Silent Hill.

*Edit*
Halfway through writing this article we finally heard back from Hideo Kojima, who gave us the following response:
APRIL FOOLS!

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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