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Konami says Metal Gear Rising "sold steadily"

Konami had a rough year, but the Japanese publisher, developer, and health club operator (you knew that, right?) says brighter times are on the horizon. Its financial year ended on March 31, and Konami says we can look forward to more news about Metal Gear Solid (presumably MGS V) at E3 next month.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, the company's largest console releases of the year, both "sold steadily." Konami also released a bevy of social and mobile games in Japan.

The report said net revenues were down year-over-year by 15 percent to ¥226 billion ($2.22b / £1.45b), and net income was down 42.8 percent to ¥13.2 billion ($129.4m / £84.3m).

The prevalence of new social and mobile opportunities should provide increasing sales opportunities to a wider audience going forward, Konami said. Combined with a weakening yen, the company offered a stronger outlook of ¥232 billion ($2.28b / £1.48b) in net revenue and ¥15.5 billion ($152.3m / £99.2m) in net income for the 2014 fiscal year.

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9 comments

  • BladedFalcon - May 10, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Hey, I'll take it! Sure, i would have loved for it to be a big hit, but realistically, a game like that was a bit of a hard sell. Anyway, I'm just happy that it wasn't considered a loss, because that would be another tragic blow to the awesomeness that is Platinum Games.
  • archnite - May 10, 2013 9:48 a.m.

    Its great to know something good sold well and that keeps Platinum Games (and by extension Konaim) in business, but doesn't this kind of reporting speak more to stuffy suits in boardrooms and not the people who enjoy the art of video games?
  • BladedFalcon - May 10, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    Well, it's slow news week, if you haven't noticed. May is a surprisingly barren month this year.
  • archnite - May 10, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    I didn't mean to say this news shouldn't be here I'm glad to know MGR did well, it will probably mean more MGR or such spinoffs from MGS. But should we as fans be concerned with a company's profit margins when all we really want is good games?
  • BladedFalcon - May 10, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    Well... Yes purely in the sense that if you like a company that makes good games, you WANT their games to sell so you can see more from them, otherwise... they go the way of Clover (Platinum's original company) or Bizarre creations. I mean, I don't care at all how much a game actually did, but if I liked the game, generally I'd want it to do well so i can see more of it... Or at least more of the developer.
  • PatHan-bHai - May 10, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    R.I.P Clover :'(
  • Fox_Mulder - May 12, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    Yeah exactly, spot on as always Falcon. If the game does well, we might see more of it, be it a sequel or at least DLC. Or like BF said, at least more of the developer. That's really what matters. And people can bitch about Bayonetta 2 all they want, but Nintendo is helping keep P* alive, and that's all I care about, regardless of who they're working for, be it Kojima or Nintendo.
  • Connor Sheridan - May 10, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    I do this sort of story for two reasons: it's the only look we're often able to get inside the secretive corporations that make up much of the industry, and because they're good to have for reference later. If Konami goes belly up next year, we can link to this article and say something like "this is where it started going downhill." Not that I want or expect that to happen.
  • alex-roy-bristol - May 10, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Connor, PLEASE never say the words "If Konami goes belly up next year", EVER again... I just may go cry now... :'C </3 I loved the atricle though, and I do thank you (you personally, and even GR as a whole) for posting these types of stories. I very much so do like to see inside the secretive corporations that make up much of the industry! :D

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