Konami’s newest inner studies reveal why the corporate hasn’t invested strongly into Steel Gear Stable since 2015’s MGSV.
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At this time Konami introduced it is dissolving three of its production divisions in an effort to grow to be extra lean, cut back spending, and adapt to the brand new digital-based COVID-19 market. The reality is Konami has been doing this for some time, and it is a huge motive why sure franchises like Steel Gear Stable have lapsed.
Prompted by a put up on ResetERA, I took a have a look at Konami’s company profile data and located gross sales knowledge for the stealth espionage collection. To date, Steel Gear Stable has bought 56.5 million copies worldwide since 1987, greater than different IPs like Capcom’s Avenue Fighter (which sits at 45 million). Even nonetheless, Steel Gear pales compared to Konami’s actual breadwinning IP, the billion-dollar titan Professional Evolution Soccer. Thus far, PES has bought by 110.four million in its 25-year span. It is simple to see why Konami is enjoying favorites.
It is also price mentioning that the Steel Gear video games had a relatively greater price range, and the prices have been reportedly a motive why Konami fired Hideo Kojima after Steel Gear Stable V. MGSV had an ~$80 million growth price range, not together with advertising and marketing, publishing, and distribution. Nonetheless, the sport made twice its price range in opening gross sales with $179 million generated on the first day.
Coupled with the comparatively greater budgets and relatively decrease gross sales than PES, it is easy to see why Konami would push the safer annualized sports activities franchise over the doable danger of a non-Kojima Steel Gear sequel.
Can Konami afford to place cash into a brand new Steel Gear sport? Completely. The corporate earned $1.3 billion from gaming in 2019, greater than SEGA and Capcom (the latter of which had robust revenues). The corporate has the money–or extra aptly, had the cash, as we do not find out about COVID-19-impacted total-year earnings yet–but that does not imply now could be the fitting time to put money into a brand new mainline MGS.
At this level, it is extra doubtless we’ll see an outsourced remastering of the older Steel Gear Stable trilogy than a brand new fully-fledged next-gen sequel. The volatility of COVID-19 has considerably disrupted a lot of Konami’s companies, together with amusement arcades and resorts. SEGA, as an illustration, has responded to this disruption by practically selling its arcade operations business.