Konami Closes Down Three Gaming Divisions
We have long known that Konami, one of the greatest giants in the history of video games, has decided to pull the plugs from the industries. The Japanese company, which has made games such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill or Castlevania over the years, has decided to minimize its commitment to the production of new videogame projects, continuing to invest time and money in Pro Evolution Soccer and in Yu-Gi franchise -Oh! and Bomberman.
At the moment we do not know what to expect from the future of the company, also because Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. has announced an internal reorganization in these hours, which will actually take place from February 1st, and which will close the three gaming divisions indicated for the production of video games.
The latter was founded by the Japanese giant about six years ago, and at the moment we do not know if the staff who were part of it will be reassigned to other tasks, or if simply the three production divisions will be merged under another name, continuing to do facing the same emergencies.
Waiting to find out more details on the story, and what fate will befall the famous franchises of Metal Gear, Silent Hill, and Castlevania, it would seem that the company has decided to definitively abandon the development of new IPs. We point out that at the moment the Digital Entertainment division of the company has more than 1,600 employees, while Konami as a whole has over 10,400.
Although Konami was founded in 1969, producing some of the most famous and appreciated games on the gaming scene, and in recent months there has been a lot of talk about the possible remakes of Silent Hill and Metal Gear, today the company deals at 360 degrees in many sectors, including pachinko, slot machines, anime, figurines, but also fitness and spas.
In 2019, the company founded by Kagemasa Kozuki closed the year with an operating profit of 50.5 billion yen (about 400 million euros), up from the previous year.