Konami Employee: “Let Us Know Where We Are Royally Screwing Up”, Talks About MGS5 PC Preload & E3 Showing

Konami’s Tora Shiro on MGS5 PC Preload, Bonus content and more.

Posted By | On 08th, May. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Update: The original title which mentioned Tora Shiro as a Konami Executive has been edited.

Original Story:

Ever since the release date of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was announced, there has been nothing but drama within Konami. According to reports Hideo Kojima is all set to leave Konami by the end of the year and a Italian neurosurgeon apparently wants to sue to the Japanese firm for using his likeness in the game. This was followed by the cancellation of Silent Hills, something that had amazing potential if P.T. was anything to go by.

It’s not far fetched to think that Konami may be moving away from console business altogether. Remember, digital entertainment is only a part of Konami’s revenue stream, one that is dwindling down in the recent years. Konami was once considered a behemoth in the games publication sector but since 2014, the company has published only 3 titles and it has only The Phantom Pain for 2015.

I guess it goes without saying that fans are not happy.

But it seems that Konami might be listening to its fans. Tora Shiro, who works at the North American branch of Konami recently responded to a user with the following statement on Neogaf: “Totally fine, I take no offense and always encourage fans to let us know where we are royally screwing up as to find out where we should be improving.”

Will they actually listen to its user base is something that we will know in the future. Moving on, information on The Phantom Pain has totally dried up. Kojima used to tweet out images before the Konami drama but that is not happening anymore. So when can fans expect to hear more about the game? Perhaps at E3?

“That would be the logical expectation. Can’t comment on exact details or dates at this time. I don’t think I need to remind you to make sure you are following our channels for updates and news,” Tora stated.

“We are not ready to confirm our E3 activities, but we have launched major trailers for the game the last 2 years running at E3 and we are releasing the game in September, so I’ll just leave you with the assumptions that can be made given our previous asset releases,” he vaguely hinted that a new trailer might be shown during next month’s event.

He also revealed that they are in talks with Steam regarding pre-load and other platform specific details. “We’re still in talks with Steam about all sorts of details. While I’m not privy to the specifics, I am sure that pre-load will come up at some point. I will of course push for, as I’m sure our Digital Team is/has/whatev, and hope to have an answer in the future, though this is unlikely to be resolved until we get closer to launch.”

Furthermore he also clarified that the come back early 2015 to claim your downloadable content pamphlet was only a placeholder.

“It doesn’t. Not yet. The “early 2015″ people float around was actually placeholder text from an early build of the website we had made but wasn’t supposed to go out. Then, oops, those copies of GZ got leaked in the Middle East and people had a website to go to that wasn’t supposed to be live yet with placeholder text. Continue to hold on to your code, they will be instrumental in redeeming your GZ->TPP loyalty reward, and we will have more details for that as we come up to September 1. But until the game comes out there’s really nothing to worry about, yet.”

How will this apply for new and used copies of Ground Zeroes? “If you purchase a new, physical copy with insert, then absolutely. No guarantees on used. Details still being finalized for digital redemption,” Tora clarified.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain launches on 1st September on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. The Steam version will launch on September 15th.

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  • ChatWraithShichi

    If kojima shows up to speak at e3 for metal gear, the auditorium will break apart with the loving cheers of fans. Reality will warp slightly, and the air will shatter like glass.

    • Psionicinversion

      and it will tear a whole in the universe and hopefully end all the whiney b’tches petitioning the return of silent hill game

    • ChatWraithShichi

      yeah that petition is going nowhere.

      Still: “let us know where we’re messing up.”

      AS THOUGH we haven’t been flooding them with the same line of text for weeks.

    • Psionicinversion

      if they do make it it will be disappointing because they will only do it to make a quick buck from all the rabid fanboys crying over it.

      Do it properly or dont do it at all…. thats what people need to think about

    • oo7PorscheMGS

      Whiney b…? How about people just making their voice heard… Only B i see is you, lol, sorry to use the cliche term but it damn sure fits here…stop bein a HATER… Change only happens if you push for it. I dont think Konami will listen, but Kojima will and he will eventually make his own horror game, likely because all of the fans asking for it.

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  • bigshynepo

    Weird that Kojima keeps retweeting the Konami tweets?
    I feel like we’re all being played but there are only a few people who really know the truth.

    • ChatWraithShichi

      His english twitter account isn’t run by him. It’s run by an assistant at koj—–konami productions.

      His japanese account is him, and he retweets because he still wants the thing he’s spent (literally) half of his life creating to succeed. He has to, and he probably wants to promote the product konami is releasing, even if it’s his last.

      Seriously. 28 years. If you spent 28 years of your life creating something with passion and meticulous detail, do you outright abandon it because of your publisher? We aren’t being played. It’s true, and it really sucks, and kojima is being a mature adult about it.

    • GotNews4Ya

      Or being his typical Wacky crazy sneaky self.. We won’t know until September.. Heck, I even think the “Cancellation of Silent Hills” was kind of a ruse.. Why would they only hire those actors for such a short period of time? I am so confused on all of those details.. How could their contract just end before the release of the game? You would think that they would have done a bit better in that area of negotiations… Maybe they will come out with a revamped name for the game.. hence “Silent Hills as we know it.. is cancelled”

    • ChatWraithShichi

      Because they needed to start developing a game, and then it got canceled.

      That’s why it’s short. Silent Hills as we know it is canceled, because konami still owns the rights to that franchise, but the title is canceled.

      Contracts get broken. There are always termination clauses in contracts like “if i quit, I owe the company ____ money.”

    • Shawn

      You are being played if you think you are being played, It’s obvious kojima has been fired after seeing the thousands of cancellations for phantom pain of course the 2 parties are going to do everything in there power to keep peoples attention. Konami will never flat out say they fired kojima and he will never say it either they will say the split was amicable to save face, i see kojima going to direct films after this anyway that is where his heart is ..

  • Convergence87

    Breaking up the kojima team ……….

  • spideynut71

    Everywhere, in every way imaginable.

  • Gamist

    You’re messing up if you’re not releasing a new Ace Combat on current gen.

    • oo7PorscheMGS

      For real…amazing and unique game on console, they shoulda pumped money into it instead of releasing that weak free to play version on ps3… :/

    • Gamist

      I have that game on my PS3 but never got around to play it (damn PS4 taking up my time). The last AC I enjoyed was AC 5. I think it would be awesome if Sony stepped in and fund/help develop the game like they did with Bloodborne and SFV.

  • Kumomeme

    firing kojima and with disrespect remove all his name from his products following with dismantle of kojima production and takeover of kojipro’s legacy include their newly los angeles studio was the starting

    also,konami were neglect to respect creative people..P.T is one of victims…del toro are one of casuaties and most unfortunate were the fans

    konami should listen more to fans too

  • Tony

    um, no e3 last year konami, u never had one

  • Richard Halsted

    It’s all a marketing hoax. Silent Hills is a launch title for project Morpheus

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