Konami is Hiring For a "New Metal Gear"

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Konami is Hiring For a "New Metal Gear"

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Pro-tip: don't apply for this job...

Here's some news to have a sensible chuckle over: Konami is looking to hire developers to work on something called "New Metal Gear" which we can only assume is a new title in the Metal Gear series. The funny part of this story is that the job posting comes mere days after the company let current Metal Gear lead Hideo Kojima jump ship and join forces with Sony. You guys probably should have tried a bit harder to hold on to him, hey?

The job description is looking for someone who has:

  • Experience in high-end game development, planning, etc.
  • Boundless imagination, and the capacity for exciting new ideas
  • A strong passion toward game creation
  • The communication skills to effectively communicate your ideas

Konami is looking for applicants for both its Japan and US offices, but didn't offer any further hints on what the project could entail. For all we know it could be a line of Metal Gear Solid pachinko machines...

In case you were thinking of actually applying to this position, an insider report earlier in the year spoke of absolutely horrific working conditions within Konami, and along with all around "dick moves" like being barred from accepting an award for his own game, is most likely what caused Kojima to leave in the first place.

Source: Konami

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You forgot "willing to clean toilets when we decide you're no longer needed but we can't terminate your contract."
and the ever classic "must be willing to not go to games award shows to accept awards because our legal department doesn't want people to know we fired you 10 months ago"

"For all we know it could be a line of Metal Gear Solid pachinko machines..."

YOU SHUT YOUR DAMN DIRTY MOUTH

I'd expect a studio helmed by Kojima to be kind of weird and wacky, but a far better environment than the likes of Konami. (Even odds on whether or not there'll be an employee park with ducks to ride on.)

The Rogue Wolf:
"For all we know it could be a line of Metal Gear Solid pachinko machines..."

YOU SHUT YOUR DAMN DIRTY MOUTH

I'd expect a studio helmed by Kojima to be kind of weird and wacky, but a far better environment than the likes of Konami. (Even odds on whether or not there'll be an employee park with ducks to ride on.)

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/konami-registers-big-boss-pachinko-trademark/1100-6431172/

Sorry man, but they're already working towards a Big Boss pachinko.

It forgot.
*Must have knowledge of pachinko machines.

I thought Konami was getting out of AAA games.

Oh, wait; I bet they are going to make more mgs games just out of pure spite.

I can't even imagine what glass door reviews of the place would be like.

After the shit they pulled this year, only the desperate would work for Konami.

Add this to the list:

  • Must be willing to suck it up whenever we set you up to fail at your job

Well, let's see what they are looking for.

~Experience in high-end game development, planning, etc.
~Boundless imagination, and the capacity for exciting new ideas
~A strong passion toward game creation
~The communication skills to effectively communicate your ideas

I see. Those seem like very important skills and attributes for a game developer. Especially one for such a beloved and well known franchise.

However, I can't help but feel like they already had a guy that had all these qualifications. A talented, slightly crazy, visionary capable of making some of the best video games that anyone ever played. I even think he worked on those Metal Gear games a few times. Gee. Whatever happened to him?

Oh, that's right. Konami unceremoniously fired him. Removed his studio logo from the latest game. Denied throwing a farewell party for him (which the bosses didn't attend). And wouldn't allow him to accept an award for the game he made.

Yeah, I can't imagine anyone worth a damn will be answering that call.

Fuck Konami.

I doubt very much I'm alone in thinking "Fuck you, Konami!"

I heard this new company, Kojima Productions, is also hiring. What a coincidence.

You know, if you're in the job market...

I've got a few ideas.

It obviously isn't going to hold up to the same standard if you let the guy WHO PIONEERED THE FRANCHISE go then quickly try to build a new game. Really Konami... #FuckKonami

I'm expecting something in the order of silent hill: origins.

If I don't get my hopes up, I won't be disappointed.

Must have some lucrative ideas how to turn MGS into mobile F2P garbage.

Though MGS Online is off to a good start already.

Konami has some fucking nerve doing this... but in the end all that needs to be said is in this video here.

I actually am interested to see what this new game will be. Do I think it will be good? Probably not. Given their reputation, I am interested to see who will work there (it won't be for the paycheck). The presumably lack of talent should make the next title somewhat intriguing.

After the way Konami treated Kojima along with how they threatened him about the GOTY Awards I plan to boycott everything that Konami puts out. I refuse to support a company that treats their employees like crap.

The best part is, by the time this even comes out, everyone will have gotten tired of saying "Fuckonami" months ago, and this will bring it back for the second wave. I also suspect the game, regardless of actual quality, will break some new record for getting metabombed...

I sincerly hope all the applicants put their name as Hiddo Kojima just to fuck with Konami. But really after what we've learnt about Konami's treatment of its employees would anyone of even half decent talent want to work with them on anything?

I don't care if you are literally homeless and starving. Who in their right mind would take that job now?

Well that settles it, Konami and what is left of its ok reputation is being ran into the ground by a psychopath.

Can we please stop saying Fuck Konami its inflammatory and petulant and at worst childlike (Same with the whole Crapcom fiasco)

Besides didn't people bash on MGS 5 for being boring and repetitive and empty probably because it was essentially the gameplay of Peace Walker?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_cSywyuEQw

Adam Locking:
The best part is, by the time this even comes out, everyone will have gotten tired of saying "Fuckonami"

As long as Jim Sterling keeps making video content, (and Konami keeps doing things like this) nobody will get tired of saying "fuckonami" or if they do, he'll still be screaming it as loud as he can to ensure people listen.

We had a similar thing happen with Bobby Kotick a few years ago until the PR department of Activision duck-taped his mouth shut, the problem with Konami is, it's a company rather than an individual, so you can't just stop it from "talking".

I have never played a single Metal Gear or Silent Hill game in my life, but even I'm wishing for Konami to implode upon itself. Either the management of this company is deliberately trying to paint themselves as a bunch of sadists, or the management has utterly poor grasp of how to not get consumers to despise their company.

Those seems like impossibly big shoes to fill. It is safe to say that, whoever tries to, it is destined to fail and be hated by critics and the public together...

I thought Konami was quitting the console game business? Is this new Metal Gear gonna be on mobile phones or pachinko parlors? If so, I don't think they can expect it to sell at all.

Really and after the BS Konami has pulled who would really consider working forthem a good career move especially in this age of Kickstarter

Only a passing, bumbling, oblivious idiot would take this job. Or someone with no knowledge of Konami's reputation. I'd imagine there are some that exist. We must spread awareness! I can picture the manager, months later, scowling from his toilet at the unfilled job position on the board, as a wild tumbleweed rolls past. Best get learning how to make games and lead projects yourself, silly human!

Samtemdo8:
Can we please stop saying Fuck Konami

No, because they went out of their way to earn the ire they've been getting continuously for months now. For years now they've been screwing over both their customers and their employees with terrible business practices and moronic business decisions in a fall from grace so bad people have forgotten about EA's own fall from grace. The joke that their business models is "Fuck Kojima, Fuck Metal Gear, Fuck It, Fuck You" is a reflection of the fact they do everything they can to screw customers out of every last penny they can, then turn around and screw over the people who made them that money in the first place. If they current heads at the company had founded their own publisher instead of taken one over, it never would have gotten off the ground and would have folded within a year. Konami is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with Japanese business culture.

OT: Why is it being called "New Metal Gear"? I can understand making a new series, but come on, that title is stupid. At least Metal Gear Rising has a ring to it, come on can't think of anything better then "New Metal Gear"? God I hope that's a place-holder for until people who know what they're doing come up with a better name.

......Bogos, this happened several months ago, and the guy that made the neogaf thread fucked up.

Samtemdo8:
Can we please stop saying Fuck Konami

Got an alternative with the same snappy sound to it? No? THen we stick with Fuck Konami.

I like how they said "we are getting out of the gaming business .... shit, MGSV made a butt load of cash AND won awards but we have gotten rid of the mastermind, then burnt the bridge he left on. What can we do now?"

Sorry but MGS died with 5 and unless Kojima's name is on it, I wont be playing it and I say that as an MGS fanboy (who by the by was bitterly disappointed in 5). Looking forward to his new stuff though, hope it lives up to his past work and I hope sony just throw money at him!

Zontar:

Samtemdo8:
Can we please stop saying Fuck Konami

No, because they went out of their way to earn the ire they've been getting continuously for months now. For years now they've been screwing over both their customers and their employees with terrible business practices and moronic business decisions in a fall from grace so bad people have forgotten about EA's own fall from grace. The joke that their business models is "Fuck Kojima, Fuck Metal Gear, Fuck It, Fuck You" is a reflection of the fact they do everything they can to screw customers out of every last penny they can, then turn around and screw over the people who made them that money in the first place. If they current heads at the company had founded their own publisher instead of taken one over, it never would have gotten off the ground and would have folded within a year. Konami is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with Japanese business culture.

OT: Why is it being called "New Metal Gear"? I can understand making a new series, but come on, that title is stupid. At least Metal Gear Rising has a ring to it, come on can't think of anything better then "New Metal Gear"? God I hope that's a place-holder for until people who know what they're doing come up with a better name.

How did they fuck "me?" as a customer over with terrible buisness practices?

I bought Silent Hill Downpour and was satisfyed.

I bought the HD collection of Silent Hill on PS3 patched and was satisfyed.

I bought Zone of the Enders HD and that was patched to perfection.

And I still eagerly wish to purchase MGS 5. Because I think the Big Boss games are more interesting than Solid Snake.

I did not mourn that much of Silent Hills cancellation mostly because well I like Silent Hill, but I am a bigger Resident Evil fan and I truly believe that even though the game had Kojima, Del Toro, and that guy from Walking Dead and if it turns out to be good it will still be inferior to the Team Silent games in the eyes of silent hill purists same way as Hardcore RE fans consider Resident Evil 4 and beyond are not true Resident Evil games (The last true RE game was Outbreak File 2)

Konami imo for the longest time has been rather irrelevnt to gaming because everyone looked elsewhere. Why play Metal Gear Solid for the story when you have Mass Effect or TellTale Games? Why play Silent Hill when people have Amnesia? Why play 2D Castlevanias when the Retro Indie gaming scene pretty much gives more options of the same kind of games.

Its no wonder they are going towards more the gambling/mobile scene. And imo in today's gaming market they can barely afford to make big AAA games on the same level of EA, Ubisoft, Activision, and Square Enix. It shows that MGS 5 was the only AAA level game they bothered making for this year.

Well on the flip side, if you came in to direct a new Metal Gear game in the current environment and under the kind of scrutiny this game will undoubtedly suffer, and you manage to make a good and successful game anyway, after that you've established that you can pretty much walk on water.

(...And then you should promptly leave Konami for some place your skills will actually be appreciated and rewarded, but that's another issue.)

Samtemdo8:

How did they fuck "me?" as a customer over with terrible buisness practices?

I bought Silent Hill Downpour and was satisfyed.

I bought the HD collection of Silent Hill on PS3 patched and was satisfyed.

I bought Zone of the Enders HD and that was patched to perfection.

And I still eagerly wish to purchase MGS 5. Because I think the Big Boss games are more interesting than Solid Snake.

Surprisingly, you're not the only consumer of Konami products. Even more surprisingly, other people who are also Konami consumers were far less satisfied with the state of the games they've been releasing lately.

Konami imo for the longest time has been rather irrelevnt to gaming because everyone looked elsewhere.

I think you'll find that you have a pretty skewed view of the gaming community.

Why play Metal Gear Solid for the story when you have Mass Effect or TellTale Games?

Because neither of those franchises/developers offer the same style of narrative delivery and marriage to gameplay that Metal Gear Solid does. Neither of them put in the same amount of effort toward world-building, despite their best efforts. Neither of them are built with the same wacky sensibilities that allow them to wildly flit between being silly and serious on the drop of a dime.

Why play Silent Hill when people have Amnesia?

Because Amnesia is a small, self-contained experiment that focuses almost entirely on atmosphere and puzzles. Silent Hill is that as well, but also has an extra focus on actually being psychological, as it (at least in the older games) examines why characters are where they are, what caused them to arrive in Silent Hill in the first place. Specific thematic elements built around the characters inform what form Silent Hill takes, and it's not just a spooky place because of eldritch horrors.

Why play 2D Castlevanias when the Retro Indie gaming scene pretty much gives more options of the same kind of games.

Because 2D Castlevania games tend to be of far higher quality than their indie equivalents. I'm not even a particular fan of them, but I can't deny that Symphony of the Night is vastly superior to basically anything that's come out since.

Now, if by "for the longest time" you mean "since 2008 or so", when Metal Gear Solid 4 came out, then you're probably correct in your assertions. But other people tend to not view things in such a vacuum, and with companies the past is never forgotten, even if they're so desperately trying to wash it away.

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