Konami revs hit $3.22 billion, profits fall 40%

Japanese publisher pulls in record annual revenues on Metal Gear Solid 4's strength--but net income drops to $113.3 million.

Konami has a big announcement lined up for Monday, one that may or may not be an Xbox 360 edition of Metal Gear Solid 4. However, what's certain is that the big reveal won't be in the publisher's fiscal year-end results, which were announced today.

Wait, we lost money on record revenue?

Konami said today that revenues hit record levels during the April 1, 2008-March 31, 2009 period, thanks largely to the PlayStation 3 launch of MGS4 in June 2008 and its Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. During the 12 months, Konami pulled in ¥309.7 billion ($3.22 billion), a 4.2 percent year-over-year increase. Broken out by segment, Konami's digital entertainment arm--which includes console, handheld, arcade, and card game businesses--led revenue gains, growing 4.9 percent to ¥187.6 billion ($1.95 billion).

Despite those company-best revenues, the publisher saw a significant drop-off in net income, which fell 40.7 percent to ¥10.8 billion ($113.3 million). Konami did not directly address the cause of the large falloff in profit, saying only that the Japanese economy had entered a recession, the strong yen hurt overseas income, and consumer spending declined during the year.

During the period, Konami continued to see strong performance from its Metal Gear series. According to the publisher, the franchise--including the top-rated MGS4--sold 4.75 million units worldwide. Though Konami did not break out specific sales figures for MGS4, the publisher did say that its online component--Metal Gear Online--had accrued 1.3 million accounts worldwide since launch.

Projecting results for its current fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, Konami said revenue growth should be flat, rising an insignificant 0.1 percent to ¥310 billion ($3.23 billion). However, the publisher expects to see a significant rebound in profit, which it forecasts to grow 47.1 percent to ¥16 billion ($166.7 million).

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174 comments
cjasko94
cjasko94

MGO is awesome, I still play it.

Windblade91
Windblade91

konami - japanese japanese business and philosophy is different from ours. their way has made Japan rich and prosperous...dont think they'll make it multiplat just cuz itll make them more money. if u want to be technical PS3's base is rapidly expanding.

littlemc6969
littlemc6969

I dont remember ever seeing a teaser site for a Port before. Why is everyone arguing about this? cant both happen? i would think that Hideo Kojima would have enough faith in someone to just port the game over while he happens to work on MGS5 for the PS3 or maybe something else. For all i know the S or 5 stands for "Super Monkey toy along" or 5 morons jumping off a cliff. At this point i am not sure weather i want to see the MGS series continue. i got the feeling after playing 4 that everything was complete and there is no topping this. Plus Mr. Kojima might want to start on the new series but im pretty sure he wouldnt want to finish it. and if that happens it might get LAME. Also a part of me wants to play another metal gear. Raiden is still a wuss though and i dont want to hear him cry anymore. i cant wait till thursday night though hopefully ill find out. i got a timer for the timer :)

MTMind2
MTMind2

@brendanhunt1 who says "im sure that mgs4 filled the whole 50gb blu ray disk" nope, that's an assumption based upon kojima saying he was having problems making the game fit on a blu-ray disc. so when gamers heard it will be on a 50gb dual layer disc, they put 2 and 2 together and got 5. the fact is, kojima was talking about having problems fitting it on the standard 25gb disc, and thats why they had to use a 50gb disc instead. heres what i posted before; http://pocketnews.cocolog-nifty.com/pkns/2008/06/metal_gear_soli_9cba.html mgs4 is 27.2 GB, mgo is 2.7 GB, making a total of 29.9 GB for the full game. thats whats on the blu-ray disc for mgs4 brendan, and has been confirmed elsewhere (which i guess is easy to do for those with a pc blu-ray drive, and would also be easy for them to disprove if that info was false). so theres no doubt that mgs4+mgo is only 30gb, not 50gb as many assumed.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

xbox might see mgs online just not the story

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

@MTMind2 im sure that mgs4 filled the whole 50gb blu ray disk

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

I hope konami have the sense to put mgs 4 on 360. Everyone knows if it went multi platform mgs 4 would just make konami even more money than it already has done. PS 3 fanboys are happy about metal gear and don't want it to go 360 but are the first to moan about splinter cell conviction not coming to ps 3. i am a 360 and wii owner. i admit i like the fact splinter cell conviction is 360 only but l konami and ubisoft are third partys and third parties should not side with anyone so mgs 4 should go 360 and splinter cell should go ps 3 . beny_pimpster what are you on about capcom are hardly dying. did you miss street fighter 4 and resident evil 5? did you not notice they have dead rising 2 and lost plant 2 on the way and boinic commado is coming?

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

oh yeah at least konami's doing way better than capcom..capcom's just dying right now....only few goods games comes out

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

the only way to recover lost money====release castlevania ps3/ xbox360...the judgement was just....worst castlevania ever lol

MTMind2
MTMind2

jj_wrecks, actually i own both ps3 and 360, so your silly attacks on a console you dont own are pointless. you are no better than those 360/ps3 gamers who keep attacking the wii. i dont own a wii, im not even a big nintendo fan (mario 64 was great though), but i can appreciate why it appeals to other gamers. also, why are you saying "i told you so"? nothing you said is a fact! as i mentioned already, nobody knows what that 5 or S means. why are you assuming is *must* be mgs5? in addition to the theories i mentioned in my last post, some think it may be an S for mgs4:s, since there was a mgs2:s (subsistance), which was an enhanced mgs2 for xbox and ps2. they may be right, they may be wrong, theres other theories too, but at the moment, its all just speculation, *not* fact! of course, you and others may be right, it *may* be mgs5, but even then, it doesnt mean mgs4 didnt come to the 360 for the reasons you gave. so until we know what that 5 or S means, and until we know mgs4 is definitely not coming to 360 and the reasons why, then you are in no position to be telling anyone here "i told you so". those are the facts. :-P edit: as gamespot have discussed here jj_wrecks ;-) http://uk.gamespot.com/news/6209838.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=newstop&tag=newstop;title;3

jj_wrecks
jj_wrecks

sorry your xbox exclusives are so terrible you have to dream about a port. I dont give anyone a bad name. Im just saying i told you so. everything i stated was fact. Im not even a sony fanboy, if anything im a nintendo fanboy (see punchout icon?). I just know the better console when i see it.

MTMind2
MTMind2

jj_wrecks, its people like you who give gamers a bad name with that attitude. tsk tsk. :-) at the moment it is still unclear what that image actually represents. i think its a bit too obvious to be mgs5. some have looked at the website closely and believe its part of a countdown, i.e. it will change to 4, then 3..2..1...then the announcement. others think it may be an "S". so i think you are sufferring from premature celebration at the moment. ;-)

jj_wrecks
jj_wrecks

HAHAHAHA Told you all it was game number 5. A port in the near future is about as likely as a Gears of War port. Just being honest. This was a PS3 console mover. Get over it. Sorry you wasted your money on an Xbox. Yes i said wasted. List me the "big list of great games". Non-existant. Show me the next-gen format discs it plays? Non-existant. Show me built in wireless capability? Non-existant. Just because there are more people with Xbox 360s doesnt mean its better. You shouldve been patient. If you didnt rush out to get one when they came out you couldve saved the money and gotten a better console. Plus, to have the same things i have with the 400 i spent on the PS3, youd have to spend a lot more money.

MTMind2
MTMind2

muddvader and fiskefyren, after mgs4 was released, the blu-ray disc was loaded into pc blu-ray drives so that gamers could see how big it was; for example; http://pocketnews.cocolog-nifty.com/pkns/2008/06/metal_gear_soli_9cba.html mgs4 is 27.2 GB, mgo is 2.7 GB, making a total of 29.9 GB for the full game. so yes, we do know how big it is, and its not the 50 GB some claimed. seems when kojima said it couldnt fit on a blu-ray disc, he was taking about the 25 GB single layer blu-ray disc, not the 50 GB disc.

redcloud12345
redcloud12345

you know WHY this happened as much as it did.... the fact that Silent Hill was dumped off to a bunch of hacks. thats why. they lost a lot of money when the games started to go south.

MuddVader
MuddVader

@fiskefyren I honestly hardly understood your comment, no offence, but someone down a while told me that MGS4 hardly fit on the Bluray disc which holds 50gigs, if thats the case i believe the most a DVD disc can hold is what 9-10gigs? that would be five or six discs. Its not vomiting, its simple math. *ducks* @nerd_assassin but see.. that defeats the purpose D= we dont want a port because we simply want an awesome game, but we want this game and at this current time we dont have a PS3, i personally am not stubborn about this console war bs so i do plan on getting a PS3, but who knows when that would be. So my dream is just that if they could do a port, that i could play it without blowing hundred of dollars(though worth it) to play one game, you know?

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

I think they will go back on developing Six days in Fallujah.

crazerlapd
crazerlapd

I don't know why they don't want to bring Metal Gear Solid to PC.

alfaresalasmar
alfaresalasmar

taking this game wont hurt sony they got tons of games coming and also exclusive updates meanwhile i will be looking forward to ninja gaiden2 and dead rising2 on ps3 which were xbox exclusives

alfaresalasmar
alfaresalasmar

this brings the oldest question and mystery back who is superior in graphics ps3 or 360? also can the xbox run a game as powerful as killzone2?

jj_wrecks
jj_wrecks

You people are just not thinking this through. I know all ten of you that are awaiting the port think it will happen, but the amount of time and money it would take to port, wouldnt be made back in profits from selling the game. They just wouldnt sell enough copies. The people that really wanted to play this game already have, and Konami knows that. And if they dont, theyre just stupid. They may release a port years from now when its simple, and theres been enough down time for it to make a rebound, such as MGS: The Twin Snakes did for Gamecube and the like. But honestly they are more concerned about the loyal fanbase they already have. I guarantee you now that they have an engine for this game on the PS3 platform, they are already working on game number 5.

fiskefyren
fiskefyren

... are we still on this MGS4 for xbox360 would be 200 DVD-roms to be able to handle its homoeroticness? i see... well do any of you ****** even know how much space this game takes? well? no... i didn't think so! it could be some mesly 20GB or such. and no! game-play cutscreen hardly takes any space! you people are so think and dont have any idea what you are talking about, you just voment out a lot of bull without knowing anything about anything.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

MGS4 wouldn't necessarily have to be on 4-6 DVDs if Konami made certain cuts during the porting process. Taking out the 7.1 DolbyHD audio would greatly reduce the space required, as lossless audio takes up ten times as much space as a regular compressed DD track. I'm not sure just how much fat this would cut out, but it would be a good start. Alternatively, they could just make each chapter its own disc, but a five disc game wouldn't be very cheap. Ultimately though, I am actually siding with IGN in that MGS4 on the 360 is never going to happen. The rumors have gone on for so long and in so many different forms its beginning to get out of hand. I thought the game was great, but damn, it doesn't warrant this kind of madness. I hope MS's keynote at E3 ends the rumors one way or another. Be it a port, a new game, or nothing at all, please, just kill it already.

fredwv
fredwv

Nice to see an old school company doing well

fearbigbusiness
fearbigbusiness

really good for konami maybe waiting new silent hill and castlevania ps3 and 360 need more this.

neokids
neokids

Good for Konami. It's good to see a worthwhile company making money these days, rather than the usual news of companies losing money.

MTMind2
MTMind2

battousai_musta says "But I thought that that MGS4 could have only been possible because of the PS3's processing power" that was just meaningless hype, the 360 and ps3 are similar in power, so the ps3 is doing nothing in mgs4 which couldnt be done on the 360, except the 360 would have to have 5.1 audio not 7.1 audio, and it would have to be split across at least 4 dvds to have the same quality as the ps3 version.

battousai_musta
battousai_musta

Wait a minute. Port to the 360? But I thought that that MGS4 could have only been possible because of the PS3's processing power (the 8 cores). Well, that's what I heard from a dude in Sony. (I think it was E3, I think) So if what he says is FACT then how would a port be possible? Just a thought really.

MTMind2
MTMind2

Space_Lion says "Now can we end these stupid speculations..." i dont see why really. whether they are porting mgs4 to the 360 or not, they would give the same answer, and they would keep giving the same answer no matter how many times they were asked.

Revan_911
Revan_911

I just hope they make another decent Silent Hill.

kenshin911
kenshin911

PES 09 sucks the worst soccer game i have seen.

Leunga
Leunga

MGS prob will come out for xbox360, not the story mode but the online game. Just to take advantage of the mass online community on Live ompare to the psn.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

@bully_best_game Actually, it's not Konami as whole, but Kojima himself stated that there would be no port. But he didn't say there wouldn't be any MGS game for the X360. So it's possible that there will be an MGS game, but it's not likely a port. Seriously though, who wants a port when you can get a fresh new game? @MuddVader Yeah, it's not actually impossible to get a port. The truth is, any game can be ported, it's just up to the devs. Even first-party software can be ported, but as it is a "first-party" software it's not very likely. The thing about MGS2 is that it's a different case. They've released MGS2:Substinence(or substance, I'm not really sure, memory all foggy) on Xbox back then. I don't know about some issues on sales or the MGS2 for Xbox, but have you seen a MGS3 anywhere on the other consoles? I don't. For now my bet is that it's not likely to be an X360 announcement, since it's for Japan, and it says MGS. Wait for your X360 MGS announcement at E3, that's the best bet of all of us gamers, whatever console we have.

ps3loverr
ps3loverr

mudd vader u know that mgs2 isnt as big as 4 it would take like 6 discs

ps3loverr
ps3loverr

this would kill sony but sony has great line up of exclusive this year i just want to see what games they have next year

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

mgs4 is the highest selling ps3 exclusive

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

mgs4 was the the first mgs game i played, i brought it because it got a 10/10 on gamespot and it filled up the whole 50gb blu ray disk. i still wish i played the previous mgs. mgs online is awesome

PvtRyan3
PvtRyan3

Konami has gone down hill over the years. There is no talent left in that company. Everyone that made Konami what it is has moved on.

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

@Spryt, All true unless MS buy Konami. Like I stated before, porting MGS4 to the Xbox 360 would be a very wise economic desision on behalf of Konami, this will also dramaticly increase the 360's sales around the globe which is what Sony fear. I think their is a good chance that there will be a port.

ico92
ico92

@spryt yeah pretty much i mean microsoft payed over 300 million for rare im sure mgs4 wont be a problem and especially seeing the state their in this year with the ps3 and wii becomming the most wanted consoles this year i wouldnt be suprised..but lets just hope its zone of the enders 3(next to kid icarus) probally the most underrated gaming franchise might get a new game in fact i remeber hearing about hideo kojima making a hd version of ZOE 1,2 or hopefully an mgs 5 announcement or a spin off starring raiden

Spryt
Spryt

Bottom line, ever since the first MGS4 trailer every games event that has passed since theres been a rumour of a Microsoft announcement regarding this game. 4/ 5 years later & it still refuses to go away. Microsoft is desperate this for thsi game & as always, Microsoft negotiations involve a large cash payment. This will of already happened but Konami isn't playing ball, so if the cash doesn't get Konami to port this, why aren't they? Also watch the first ever MGS4 trailer on GameSpot, at the end when it is showing 'that' Killzone 2 trailer - Snake & Otacon are talking about the PS3's processor & Otacon says 'You are looking at the key to winning the console war'. If that doesn't make enough of a statement, nothing will.

angusclone2
angusclone2

I hope the new Metal Gear Solid is MGS5, but I'd best not get my hopes up.

kkevguy47k
kkevguy47k

its a NEW metal gear game. (aka, not anything mgs4 related. stop with the 360 comments, theres many reasons its not true, and no reasons it is true)

jadefury27
jadefury27

when to we get a real castlevania and not a remake or fighter? how about an arcade classics set with tmnt,simpsons, and so on?

fearbigbusiness
fearbigbusiness

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