Konami Devs Gave Up Their Vacations to Ship MGS 5 on PC Ahead of Schedule

"Obviously, their families are not happy."

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Konami developers made personal sacrifices to bring the PC release date for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in line with the console edition. According to senior producer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi, Konami engineers gave up their summer vacations to bring the release date forward by two weeks.

"PC launch day earlier than original plan," he said, referencing the game's move from September 15 to September 1. "Our programmers didn't take summer vacation to make it happen.. kinda sad."

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Imaizumi went on to say that even though it was hard work, the team enjoyed being able to get the job done. But at the same time, "Obviously, their families are not happy :-(" he said.

Recently, Konami described the PC edition of The Phantom Pain as "stunning" and one that utilizes the strengths of the platform. Check out The Phantom Pain's PC system requirements here.

For more on The Phantom Pain, check out GameSpot's 10/10 review and what other critics are saying.

"When it comes to storytelling, there has never been a Metal Gear game that's so consistent in tone, daring in subject matter, and so captivating in presentation," critic Peter Brown said. "The Phantom Pain may be a contender for one of the best action games ever made, but is undoubtedly the best Metal Gear game there is."

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homestar99

#FucKonami

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gargungulunk

Just to mirror other posts, I'm sure that this was mandatory company wide.

I wish this could cement my plan to wait to get the PC version. Come midnight, time will tell.

Looking at screen comparisons, I'm getting the PS3 version tomorrow, and the HD/PC "upgrade" much later. I'm the guy saying, one last day-1 for last-gen. Seriously, the Fox-Crew did a great job with how they handled GZ.

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Johny_47

That just means they all put money before their families... stupid fuckin' cock suckers. Just can't stop makin' dull decisions can they.

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vexxouds

The title should said (Sacrifices to Happiness).

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Atzenkiller

@mjc0961: entitled much?

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Thanatos2k

I'm sure it was completely voluntary, at a company who has utmost respect for its employees' work life balance.

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franzito

Wasn't KONAMI that turned into a Big Brother of sorts? Maybe these poor guys were taken at gunpoint right after they started packing...

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40mdf0

Are the devs being compensated for the extra work time?

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Thanatos2k

@40mdf0: Yes, they get fired because they're associated with Kojima.

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Kratier

@40mdf0go read the horror stories at konami working conditions :

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40mdf0

@Kratier: Taking that as a no.

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hecatonchires

I wonder if they gave up their vacation by their own will. Let's read the comments and see what people think about that.

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dethtrain

@hecatonchires: doubt it. Based on what I've been reading about konami they were probably strongly compelled to give up their vacations. Sad. Time with your family and friends is something you can never get back

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Kratier

@dethtrainthey still get paid so who cares, its their job:

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LTJohnnyRico

@Kratier: Spoken like someone who doesn't have a Job !!

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Kratier

@ltjohnnyrico you sound like a 16 year old who works retail i worked from 4 AM until 7 PM everyday in the military

these guys are programmers they get paid 60k+ and are paid overtime

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LTJohnnyRico

@Kratier: We are all entitled to holiday!! Even the Military are employees and are entitled to leave, err No I do not work in retail, I work in finance if you must know and I am on good money for what I do but even so does that mean because I am paid well that I shouldn't get holiday? or were you trying to use that "I was in the military" line to somehow make me feel that their pay isn't justified but yours was ?.

They chose to be developers and you chose to be in the Military (Fair play for that by the way !! I couldn't do it). but they still would be entitled to annual leave.

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Zerofrust

Oh please lol

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3CupsofFlower

Doesn't Konami have a history of treating their employees like crap? I'm pretty sure they didn't willfully give up their vacation.

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naryanrobinson

Well they treated their workers like shit in every other aspect,

I've no doubt they were threatened with being fired if they didn't.

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Moun7ainMan

Give up vacation or get fired? Hmmmm.....?

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CreepyBurrito

Wonder if it was a personal sacrifice or if Konami more or less didn't exactly give them too much of a choice.

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DeadlyMustard

Works for me, I just ran out of games to pour my sad life into :)

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4KGamer_LMXXX

Aww, that's the sweetest thing I've heard in a while. I hope Konami compensates these people somehow. They deserve it!

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Barighm

Hopefully they're getting their vacations now.

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postalsam

And if I could get them all pint for doing that, I would

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ecter1216

It sounds like alot of you dont work salary jobs lol. They are allowed to work you as much as they want...well here in my state. I dont get payed by the hour. Now normal companies will give that person who worked more than 40 hours a week usually extra vacation time, free lunches , bonus, ect . But it is not required by state law. I have worked some 60 hour weeks to get a project done on or before schedule and haven't been compensated. Its just one of the slight cons of being salary employee.

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LTJohnnyRico

@ecter1216: I work a salary job and I have this thing called a contract that both me and my employer have signed, it gives me x number of days holiday a year to be taken when I choose. Overtime can be paid or it can be voluntary but if its not in the contract you do not have to do it usually OT can be negotiated with the company if you don't have set OT guidelines in place.

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Thanatos2k

@ecter1216: I work a salary job. I'm legally entitled to take my PTO whenever I want. What state do you work in, North Korea?

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sargentpsgamer

@ecter1216: Might want to look into that. In my state it's against the law to constantly make you work over time if salaried without paying the over time. They can do it once in a while (thus the reason why it's salary) but if you are constantly working over 40 hours a week you are supposed to get overtime and benefits.

If not you can sue, but nobody ever does since its a "right to work" state, meaning a job can fire you for any reason in the world and get away with it. Ask for that raise, then get fired because one day 5 years ago you showed up 1 minute late. (In reality they just want to pay a new person less than you.)

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civilenginerd

@sargentpsgamer: Depends on the profession. certain professions are considered exempt from the standard labor laws federally. For example doctors can be required to work an 80 hour week without paying over time, they can also be required to work more then 6 hours without a food break. The same is true for engineers and lawyers. Its on just about every labor law poster which is required to be posted in a visible location.

So in this case being it was the engineers who were required (assuming as it is unclear) to give up there PTO to get it done, at least in the states Konami wouldn't be required to pay them OT as federally they are exempt.

What is BS is the loop hole in the law, the original idea was for these types of professionals it was considered essential function to work those kind of hours and if you are a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer of the type that builds\designs bridges and roads or essential facilities for the rest of us it makes sense, but employers now use the term "engineer" for all kinds of positions essentially then able to avoid paying overtime.

My favorite example of this abuse was a trash company in NY who labeled all there drivers sanitation engineers and put them on salary, then required them to work 60 hour weeks without paying OT as they were now engineers and therefore exempt from federal labor law.

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kaealy

@ecter1216 said:

It sounds like alot of you dont work salary jobs lol. They are allowed to work you as much as they want...well here in my state. I dont get payed by the hour. Now normal companies will give that person who worked more than 40 hours a week usually extra vacation time, free lunches , bonus, ect . But it is not required by state law. I have worked some 60 hour weeks to get a project done on or before schedule and haven't been compensated. Its just one of the slight cons of being salary employee.

I work a salary job and I would never work overtime without being compensated. If you do, you need a stronger union.

However, the japanese are wellknown for having shitty working environments where you give over your life pretty much to the company you work for.

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dethtrain

@kaealy: a lot of private jobs don't have the backing of a union. Unions are a double edged sword anyway. Good for employees but can be a real drag on company profits

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kaealy

@dethtrain said:

@kaealy: a lot of private jobs don't have the backing of a union. Unions are a double edged sword anyway. Good for employees but can be a real drag on company profits

The profit of your company is the share holders or owners problem, you should never give up your life or time( for free ) for a company that would gladly walk over your corpse if they could if it would make them a few extra bucks.

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ecter1216

@dethtrain: Exactly. I hate unions honestly. They try and nickle and dime most companies and in the end hurt the company and they have to let people go. There is nothing wrong with having to work a bit extra sometime to get something done and not expect anything in return. To many people complain now a days .

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kaealy

@ecter1216 said:

@dethtrain: Exactly. I hate unions honestly. They try and nickle and dime most companies and in the end hurt the company and they have to let people go. There is nothing wrong with having to work a bit extra sometime to get something done and not expect anything in return. To many people complain now a days .

The profit of your company is the share holders or owners problem, you should never give up your life or time( for free ) for a company that would gladly walk over your corpse if they could if it would make them a few extra bucks.

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kaealy

Somehow I doubt that this was any kind of choice of the programmers.

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sargentpsgamer

If you combine this with reports that came out during the "restructure" and all of Kojima's staff leaving, then you have to question the idea of "gave up." More like "were forced to give up" than anything.

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redeemer6666

@sargentpsgamer: +1

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xcollector

I guess Warner Brother's devs never came back from their vacation. PC gamers are still waiting for Batman.

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Gorybloodfest

@xcollector: not the pirates :) we have a working version...

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J0nathanRuss11

@Gorybloodfest: I hear a lot of poeple who pirated the game used the Arkham Knight launch to justify themselves and I have no comeback. Shit PC ports incentivize piracy and poor sales bring less incentives for better PC versions. I wish publishers realized the vicious cycle they were creating.

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Evenios

well i think its a good thing, i think if its a project that you are proud of. and you want to get out ot the people sacrifices should be made. because that shows its something worth it. if you just clock in and clock out then yeah.. good to know "you cut our plans short for a fucking video game?" "uhh honey you know this is my job......."

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never-named

Outrageous! If they are not getting paid overtime for this, this is slave labor through and through.

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Thanatos2k

@never-named: You don't get overtime pay if you're salary.

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ecter1216

@never-named: Clearly you have never worked a salary job lol. In salary job they can work you as much as they want. You are not paid for by the hour. Normal companies usually give extra vacation time, take them out to lunch, extra bonus, ect for any time over 40 hours usually....but its not required by law.

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ahmad996

Kojima needs a vacation from you asshats.

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Azazel29

Family > work. Work is just something you have to do to support your family.

Hmm do I make my family happy or the corporate suits. The answer is obvious without consequences.

I'm sure they were forced to skip it.