We all knew this was happening. But still, it doesn't make this announcement any less painful.
This week, Konami has announced a new pachinko machine to be themed after Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater. The trailer (below) shows off several redone cinematic snippets based off the PlayStation 2 classic, featuring such characters as Naked Snake, Boss, the Pain, the Fear, the End, and the Fury.
In accordance to Dualshockers, the machines will come in a 32 inch 1080p LCD screen, in what Konami describes (tweet below) as the “next generation of pachislot and entertainment experiences”. The machine is set to launch in Japan later this Autumn.
For those who aren't familiar with these machines, Pachinko is a type of mechanical game that is used for both arcade titles and gambling. With gambling illegal in Japan, Pachinko serves as one of the country's alternatives to western slot machines, as cash earnings are not exchanged "directly" to players.
Instead, earnings from a Pachinko game come in the form of Pachinko Balls, which are then exchanged for tokens/prizes. Players can then head to a nearby parlor, and exchanged these tokens/prizes for cash.
As previously reported in the International Business Times back in 2014, the Pachinko industry is worth over 20 trillion yen (£115 billion) and remains fairly popular in the Japan.
This isn't the first time that Konami has turned over one their franchises to the Pachinko market. Back in August, Konami released an announcement trailer for a Silent Hill themed Pachinko machine, which was set for release in October. The trailer was met with backlash, considering how the announcement was made after the cancellation of Silent Hills.
This news is going to piss off a lot of fans.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you surprised with this recent announcement? Do you feel that has Konami gone too far with the Metal Gear license? Let us know in the comments below!