The president of the company took the stage, stating that they would like to continue to work towards "connecting [their] passionate players with the content they want". And their existing properties have accomplished this very focus. A picture shows up on the screen showing original IP's: Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Castlevania, DanceDanceRevolution, and even Frogger! To that end, Konami has performed a "strategic partnership" with quality developers such as Hudson, Def Jam interactive, and Slang to produce quality titles in this growing market.
Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam, says that the game will fill a "giant white space" in the market in allowing players to express themselves in creating music videos, rating other people's performances, and possibly even starting their careers in the music business. He feels that what they're doing is encouraging good mental development of kids, I suppose since it should build up people's self-esteem. He also says that the game will serve an important role in black culture, something that Obama has recently added to. Overall, they feel strongly about working with Konami, simply because they made music games what they are today. They're really sure it's going to be a success - after all, a million mics have already been ordered for the distribution of this product!
Next up was a trailer for AAA Lucha Libre: Heroes Del Ring. the director of Slang, Federico Bayer, claims that this is the first of several IP's that are based on Hispanic culture. A lot of promotion is going into this, as well. In addition to live wrestling matches at the Konami booth, a televised round will determine which of the 4 selected wrestlers will appear on the cover of the game. Probably most interesting about this is the fact that this is also heading to the DSiWare service! It'll be interesting to hear more about how they hope to accomplish this.
Ninety-Nine Nights II is slated to release this June on the Xbox 360. Tak Fujii, the producer, stressed repeatedly that there will be one-million troops in this "extreme" hack 'n slash game. The game requires you to be tactical, meaning that if you choose the same strategy over and over again, you likely won't succeed.
Konami also announced Otomedius Excellent for the 360, a game rooted in Japanese manga that will be hitting the US. The rep made a point to say that they'll be satisfying many fans who thought Konami wouldn't bring the game over to North America. To release during the Winter season, you can join up to 3 other players via Xbox Live or local multiplayer. The shooter takes roots from games like Gradius and will even include a "slamming soundtrack. Although there were only females shown in the trailer, it's supposedly going to be really challenging.
Next up, Konami introduced Adrenalin Misfits, a racing title for the Xbox Kinect that requires full body motion interaction. There are three distinct characteristics to the game: intuitive gameplay, rush of speed, and variety (slaloms, trick competitions and normal races to name a few). Replayability will be "off the charts" but whether or not this will go beyond the main gimmick's appeal remains to be seem. Anyone of any age can play the game, with no need to memorize button combinations. Certainly looks like a lot of fun for families.
The brand manager of Konami's music games next entered to show off Glee Karaoke Revolution. For the 10th release of this franchise, they've partnered with Fox to bring players 35 songs from Season 1 for the Wii platform. After the basics were discussed, a news video was shown about a nationally-recognized "powerhouse choir" that served as the inspiration for Glee. After the video fades, the real-life choir appeared on-screen to sing 'Somebody to Love' with a demo of the game running in the background. And they were quite good too, with some impressive control of the high notes!
Since its inception on the Playstation, one of the more important properties for the company has been the Silent Hill series. That's why the developers are bringing a new one to PS3 & 360 for the year 2011. The trailer showed a character in what looked like an abandoned ghost town with some strange going-on's. The music is being done by the composer of the score for the TV Show, Dexter, which is quite impressive. They promise that there will be plenty of surprises waiting.
The press conference closed with the president of Konami America re-iterating that they have 5 new titles in the works for the 3DS. And with that, the event was finished. I was quite disappointed over the lack of DanceDanceRevolution for Wii at the conference, especially with the reaction Naoki got last year when he demonstrated the Balance Board mode for Hottest Party 3. But overall, I'd say it was pretty decent despite the technical difficulties they had along the way.
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