Konami reports ‘steady sales’ for Metal Gear Rising, PES 2013

Metal Gear Rising and PES 2013 both ‘sold steadily’ during Konami’s financial year ended March 31, 2013, the publisher said today.

Despite this, the industry giant posted a decline in net revenues, which totalled 116.4 billion yen compared to the previous year’s 140.4 billion yen. In addition, operating income also suffered a blow, dropping to 21.2 billion yen from 33 billion yen.

Game sales for Konami’s financial year reached 13.6 million, down from 2012’s 18.3 million. Sales were strongest in Europe, with America and Japan following with less than one million units separating the three regions.

Konami also said it aims to promote the Metal Gear series heavily at this year’s E3 event in June.

"We will focus efforts on continued global development utilizing the production know-how of the Konami Group, while also continuing the production of content for selected existing AAA titles, and continue to strive towards producing hit titles by leveraging existing content,” said the company.

"On the production side, as quickly as possible, we intend to develop local production systems in order to develop localized content tailored to the needs of our overseas game users.

"We also intend to promote Metal Gear series, our leading products, including effectively utilizing E3 2013 which will be held at Los Angeles, in the US in June 2013.

"In addition, for Winning Eleven series, our original and next-generation game engine, basic programming of games, using solely for soccer is currently under development in order to provide enjoyment of more real soccer game."

Net revenues for the publisher clocked in at 226 billion yen, representing a 15 per cent decline over the previous year. Net income dropped 42.8 per cent to 13.2 billion yen.