E3 '07: Konami mulling multiplatform MGS4

Japanese publisher doesn't expect a "substantial impact" from $100 PS3 discount, says game's exclusivity is in question.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Earlier this week, Sony dropped the price on its PlayStation 3 60GB model from $599 to $499. Analysts responded favorably to the announcement, saying it would put pressure on Microsoft to drop the price of its Xbox 360 system, the priciest configuration of which currently costs $479. But while analysts might think the cut is enough to make the PS3 cost-competitive, one of Sony's biggest publishing partners appears underwhelmed.

Speaking with Reuters, Konami North American and European operations head Kazumi Kitaue expressed doubt. "I wonder if Sony can win back user support by the price cut of just $100," Kitaue said, adding, "I don't expect a substantial impact...With $500, you can buy a personal computer."

Kitaue no doubt would like a cheaper PS3 in order to spike sales of the machine and have a larger installed user base in place for Konami's highly anticipated PS3 exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. However, the executive said Konami might have to bring the series to non-Sony systems in order to make its development money back.

"Since Metal Gear Solid was born for the PlayStation, we would like to keep it a PlayStation game," Kitaue said. "But we might have to take some steps."

Discussion

2053 comments
soupa_mario
soupa_mario

I also seem to remember Kojima saying that MGS4 was barely able to fit on blu ray. It will be interesting to see how they manage to fit it on an xbox dvd.

soupa_mario
soupa_mario

Me being a PC gamer and all I couldn't care less. Although I am still a MGS fan. This just means that more of my friends are likely to have it. However If it was ported to PC as well that would be awesome

pUNKxINxDRublic
pUNKxINxDRublic

MGS4 is the one and ONLY reason I miss my ps3 and I couldn't justify keeping that huge paper weight for just one game. MGS4 to 360 would be a blessing!

Phoenix6359
Phoenix6359

this would be awesome if mgs came out on the 360, this game would be the only reason i would get a ps3 (which im not going to do)

Kill3rX
Kill3rX

metal gears was on the nes....but that was a completely different time....metal gear was a different series...if you have NOT noticed the title is metal gear solid...i hope it does get on the 360 because i am a big fan boy of mgs

Tevi
Tevi

Ive been jeulos of sony i can finaly play something other then gears of war

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

Why does anyone care what systems games come to? I only care when it's exclusive to the console I don't have. Still haven't played thru Munch's Oddysee (could now) and can't play thru MGS4 (might be able to soon). I change company evrytime I buy a console the only one I didn't have was an Atari.

mshl1979
mshl1979

Well too be honest looking at what's been happening with the traditional exclusive titles, I don't think anybody can say the rumours for MGS4 on Xbox can be entirely false. Look at GTA IV, Final Fantasy XIII (Thought this would never happen), Tekken 6, Resident Evil. Due to the cost of making games these days it just financially makes sense to increase your market. At the end of the day of the game developers just want to sell more games.

FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

So you think that because an employee of Konami commented that their company "MIGHT have to take some steps" just to get some money by expanding MGS4 to other systems, means that 360 might get it? HAHAHAHAHAHA LOL LMAO. yea not gonna happen.

SirRiffAlot
SirRiffAlot

@Arcxe: Yes I do realize that and I will admit, I was mistaken. But it still doesn't change the fact that the METAL GEAR series wasn't originally with Sony.

Arcxe
Arcxe

@SirRiffAlot: I hope you realize the first metal gear SOLID was on the PS1, and that METAL GEAR was released originally on the MSX... YOU do realize that, don't YOU?

SirRiffAlot
SirRiffAlot

@billyjunxix: I hope you realize that the first Metal Gear solid was on the NES...you realize that,don't you?

ecko1o1
ecko1o1

Those first few comments are funny, in those days the xbots had the monopoly on gamespot. LOL

ecko1o1
ecko1o1

haha 2042 comments. this sure sparked some fanboyism indeed.

billyjunxix
billyjunxix

MGS4 will always stay with SONY..thats were it belong. And anyway the x360 definitely couldnt handle the power of MGS4 because MGS4 is so advnance thta wouyld probably break the x360 or make the x360 overheat and probably end-up having the RED RING OF DEATH

billyjunxix
billyjunxix

x360 couldnt handle the POWER of MGS4..that could probably make the x360 overheat and have the RED RING OF DEATH

Patriot298
Patriot298

Sounds like to me that MGS4 will be coming to 360 so Konami can make their money back.

Triple_H90
Triple_H90

Faephoenix_Eyes Haze is a PS3 Exclusive Timed exclusive... Saying that Haze is PS3 exclusive make you feel better right? LOL

Sasuga
Sasuga

Now that it's pretty much confirmed that MGS4 is still a PS3 exclusive, was Mr. Kitaue just trying to drum up some publicity by stating that they "might have to take some steps"? Or is this just another case of Sony-related executives not being on the same page (i.e. all over the place)? I still hope the game comes to the 360 eventually because 1. the PS3 is still too expensive and 2. the new E3 trailer is completely SICK!! (no pun intended!)

razarocks
razarocks

dmalone569, id like u 2 name one ps3 exclusive other than mgs4, to be excited about ( not that it would stay one for long). Im not exactly an MS fanboy but the mere fact that people will be able to play the same games with similar if not better console by buying a cheaper console, will insure 360 dominance over the PS3.

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

i love how ppl rant about loyalty (*extreme sarcasm*)....if ppl are screaming about loyalty, then lets remember the METAL GEARS and the FINAL FANTASIES started on NINTENDO'S console,(NES) so scream about that...if youre gonna b**** about a company being loyal be consistant. plus KONAMI IS A 3RD PARTY COMPANY PPL!!!! the reason METAL GEAR & FINAL FANTASY franchises are on sony's console is becuz the N64 couldnt handle the vision these companies had for their respective properties. the PS1 was the logical choice to produce these franchises on. 3rd party companies dont need to be loyal to any particular console...should TECHMO have been loyal to MS when they made NINJA GAIDEN (another franchise that appeared on NES) for PS3?? NO!! (i love that PS3 fans get to play this game though a remake but a good one) dont here SONY fanboys b**** about that TECHMO should stay loyal to MS!! these are 3rd party companies....these loyalty arguments are just retarded

Azhar85
Azhar85

Many sony fanboys said 360 can't handle this game....i didn't see a lot of differences between 360 and ps3...they all just look the same..when come to graphic comparison..ps3 graphic was slightly improved than 360..but that doesn't mean 360 can't play the game.... ps: only first party game look differences between others...

dmalone569
dmalone569

Of course Sony will win the console war. Name ONE 360 exclusive to be excited about apart from Halo.

judapla
judapla

If MGS4 goes to X360 I"m gonna buy a X360. I'm not a fanboy, but the X360 is cheaper, has better online capability, has more good exclusive games (Halo, Fable, Dawn of the Dead, Gears of War), and I don't trust Sony and the japanese people. And I don't trust Bill Gates either.

Panman_Dan
Panman_Dan

I swear, if MGS4 goes multi-platform they are for sure ruining a classic. Its funny how Xbox is getting all these once Playstation exclusives, but its like they get them just to get them, to say they have them. I dont know though, I feel if Sony steps up some from E3 until the holidays MGS4 will remain a Sony gem.

wiirdawgs
wiirdawgs

LOl if metal gear is multi platform sony wiill lose the system war's 4 sure

Kilagame16
Kilagame16

plz konami plz release it on 360 that would make this game a super seller i mean i they did it like metal gear solid substance on the xbox that wolud be nice

jogunther
jogunther

I'm not the typical fanboy, but if MGS4 goes multiplatform I might lose my mind. Is there no loyalty left in gaming. And no I don't want Halo and other MS exclusives on my system. Thats what my buddy with a 360 is for :)

shabulia
shabulia

Damn right! Especially after Sony dropped the bomb today! Sony's dropping the 60GB PS3 price only to liquidate it from the market. The $599 price is staying, it's just giving you an 80GB harddrive. Sony was very deceptive in the way they handled all this and Konami would be smart to realease the game on a system that isn't run by a company that is so full of deceit. MGS4 on Xbox 360, you have my support, Konami.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

RavenSoS - What other "steps" could Kitaue take?

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

@ahmedsadek----------------------------------------------------------------------------i agree with your point in terms of the quality of the game (graphics, content, etc) cuz when a game is multiplatform, companies dont always use the full potential of each console....but i am also looking at it from the companys' standpoint, with development costs as high as they are, going multiplat' to get some money back isn't a bad idea...your point about games taking less time to develop if made for one console only, correct me if im wrong, but some high profile games have always been developed for one system first then maybe a yr or so later its released on another console...so still, MGS4 (for example) wont lose graphical quality on PS3 since it would be made first on that system. at least you are making some good points, some of these posts go down the path of name calling and 'mine is better than yours' BS.

RavenSoS
RavenSoS

If you notice, it was never directly stated that MGS4 would go to another system. It was already said in past interviews a while back with Kojima that other Metal Gear games could go to other systems but that each Metal Gear would be exclusive to the system it was developed for from the start. My take on it is that if MGS4 doesn't do well on the PS3 and make Konami back the money they spent then future Metal Gear titles could go to other systems. Again, I never saw anywhere in this article where it was literally stated by the Konami operations manager that, "Metal Gear Solid 4 might go cross-platform". This is very similar to the statement made by some French employee of Square-Enix that, "the exclusivity of Final Fantasy XIII to the PS3 might be under debate". Yeah, nothing ever came from that either.

ahmedsadek
ahmedsadek

fanboy_killa, the reason why fans of a specific console want their favorite games to stay exclusive is because developing costs time and money. A game that is released on PS3 only (for example) will take less time to be finished rather than one that is released on PS3, 360, Wii..., not to mention that the quality will be much better if the developers focus only on one console when making the game.

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

i dont get ppls arguements over rather or not a game stays on one system or not. do ps3 fans complain when 360 games go to ps3? do any of you work for any of these companies? maybe its lack of maturity...i just dont get why ppl get insane on these forums hoping a game stays exclusive....youre getting the game anyway (ps3) and im sure IF GEARS or HALO went to ps3 (i said 'if'), 360 fans would get their panties in a bunch too.....whats the big deal IF MGS4 (i said 'if') went multiplat'? if u prefer a ps3...fine...if u prefer a 360 or wii...great....it doesnt seem to be a lot of adults on this forum, so maybe thats the reason these posts sound like 12yr olds ranting on and on whose system is better.....but i have learned that there will always be haters on all sides of this debate or lack of a debate and not much can be done about that..reminds me of back in the day when sega fanboys and nintendo fanboys argued over specs and other nonsense. im hoping for a utopia of gamers that can unite someday and just enjoy gaming no matter what youre favorite system is.

stfolife
stfolife

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA meh what am i laughing at im a sony fanboy....

Azhar85
Azhar85

it's doesn't matter..which consoles the series could be release...but for Konami..first thing are profits......if sony didn't t get the benefits of their price cut consoles sales...then..the series will follow the "others" ps3 exclusive titles...you know what i mean.... :)

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

If mgs4 were brought to the 360 I"m sure certain people would like it but in my opinion it wouldn't be cared for like it is in the hands of the playstation fans.

daleyboy928
daleyboy928

I don't see MGS4 goin multiplatform. I think Kaz Hirai would sooner reimburse Konami for those development costs than risk losing the only game that holds PS3's life in its hands. Plain and simple...

blt338
blt338

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mike360xoxo
mike360xoxo

If metel gear soild 4 came to the 360, i could care less, that game sucks.

swensonwalker
swensonwalker

Metal Gear and Final Fantasy, both Sony exclusives today, started out on Nintendo. I think it's time to bring them home :) I adore the graphic capabilities of the PS3, but it's still too much. Reasons I don't buy a PS3. 1. Nothing worth playing 2. PS1 and PS2 broke too many times. 3. Don't own a high definition TV, so what good do all those pixels do me? 4.Too much money. Reasons I usually end up buying a Sony system. 1. A game comes out that is exclusive to them that I just HAVE to play. So you see, if they lose their exclusivities, I really have 4 great reasons NOT to buy a PS3. And BlueRay? That is years from becoming any kind of mainstream device. The VCR dominated for 30 years and DVD is only about 5-10 years old in most homes. People don't want to have to get a new video player every five years just so they can see the freckles on Morgan Freemans ears. BlueRay really doesn't entice me at all.

jackson84
jackson84

They just need to make it multiplatform..... that way they would have a bigger profit then releasing it only on the PS3

GohanSSJZ
GohanSSJZ

[quote]Why did they discontinue the 20GB model, they could of sold it for $299 to compete with the 360 CORE, the 60GB to compete with the 360 Pro @ $399, and the new 80GB @ $499 to compete with the elite.[/quote] While i agree on your point of the 20GB, you have to realise that they couldn't release it at the same price of the Xbox 360, infact they can't even do this price drop properly, because it's costing them a lot of money. What you have to remember is that the PS3 has a Blu-Ray drive, while you can argue about wether it was a good choice to put it in, the fact is that it is in the PS3, and with the PS3 being 100 dollars more, i'd say that 100 bucks for a Blu-Ray drive isn't that bad. If the PS3 is overpriced, then so is the 360 and the Wii (the Wii sounds cheap, but once you buy a component cable and a lan/wifi adapter, then it's not so cheap anymore), the thing is that the PS3 just costs a lot, but not to much really. Personally you won't see me buying a PS3 untill it's under the 400 euro here and there are a whole bunch of great games out.

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

Imagine how many hardcore 360 fans started to cry when they heard the news!! LOL!! Morons!!

majin_vegeta300
majin_vegeta300

hey now where's the love? It should be multiplatform so everyone can experience it, not just those on a certain console.

myke2010
myke2010

Exclusive just doesn't mean what it use to. These days it only means "exclusive" for a month or two. I don't care what Hideo says, if they can't recoup the costs of making this game on the PS3, not to mention make a decent profit, you'll see this game jump ship so fast it'll make your headspin. Face it, there are no fanboys in the corporate world.