Konami Fan Survey Asks About Contra, Goemon, Sunset Riders and More
Despite acting oblivious to all the negative press it has been receiving over the past few months, Konami is wondering if we're still interested in its franchises.
Konami has launched an online survey (courtesy of Destructoid) that gauges the masses' interests in its most noteworthy IPs. The questionnaire asks which Konami franchises are we familiar with, how interested we still are in them and whether or not we'd like to see them return. Don't forget, about six months ago Square Enix launched a similar survey for its Western audiences to measure fan interest in the likes of Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII, Bravely Default, Sleeping Dogs, Star Ocean, Dragon Quest and more. A few months after the survey, Square Enix announced it was officially remaking Final Fantasy VII and that it was working on Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness and Dragon Quest XI.
So what Konami franchises were listed on this survey? The IPs featured include Rocket Knight/Sparkster, Bishi Bashi, Parodius, Sunset Riders, Contra, Suikoden, Gradius/Nemesis, Track & Field, Bomberman, Castlevania, Mystical Ninja/Goemon, Zone of Enders, Vandal Hearts and Yu-Gi-Oh. Konami obviously knows that the Silent Hill and Metal Gear brands are still pretty darn popular in the West, so they most likely skipped out on mentioning them on the survey. With all its negative press lately, Konami is probably trying to find ways to get back in the good graces of Western audiences, especially since they're not formally addressing Hideo Kojima's expected departure from the company or the accusations that Konami has been promoting horrible workplaces.
Konami really should have separated Castlevania into two different entries: 2D and 3D, because I never wanted to see another 3D entry of the series ever again and am desperately hoping for anything similar to the 2D handheld games they did from 2004-2008.
In terms of major releases, Konami is launching Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Sept. 1 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
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