Because there apparently needs to be some place to talk about it:
Something is rotten in the state of Konami. Let's start with all the weirdness with Metal Gear Solid V. There's reports with Hideo Kojima leaving Konami, and his name/company name has been stripped from the box art, web site and studio. Konami said Kojima will remain to finish MGS V
-- though they also said they're looking for new staff to push the series forward.
Next, PT, the extremely well-received demo for a new Silent Hill, was removed from download.
I mean, COMPLETELY removed -- you can't even re-download it if you previously downloaded it, which never happens even with licensed stuff. Everyone involved in the game, from Guillermo Del Toro to Norman Reedus, have said the game is cancelled.
...and that's pretty much the only console games we know of that Konami's working on. They typically release a Pro Evolution Soccer in November so that's a possibility, but we haven't heard a peep about it yet.
To add to the weirdness, Konami voluntarily removed itself from the New York Stock Exchange. Being listed reportedly cost Konami $5 million per year. So, they're losing money and panicking, right? Well, no -- in the last fiscal quarter, they reported a profit of $30.9 million, which was up significantly from $7.1 million the year before. They do all kinds of things beyond console games, such as mobile games, arcade games, slot machines, card games, fitness centers and so on, and all that seems to be treating them well. Their next quarterly report comes out May 8 and could show a reversal of fortunes, but for the moment they seem to be doing fine.
So what the hell is going on? Is Konami leaving console gaming, or the west in general?