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It has been announced by Konami Digital Entertainment on Friday that they will be releasing a new smartphone game titled "Tokimeki Idol". This game is a spin-off to the Tokimeki Memorial visual dating sim series which was also developed by Konami that started out back in 1994 and has not been seen since back in 2014. Konami opened a new teaser website with a video giving fans a closer look at the game. Tokimeki Idol is a idol communication game where you'll be living with the games 15 female idols whom are part of a music institute to help them achieve their goal & dreams. The game will be a free-2-play game for iOS & Android mobile devices which will come with microtransaction purchases. The game will also sport a "VR" mode for compatible devices for smartphones & tablets. This new development for the TokiMemo series is built on the concept of gaining a “Tokimeki” (Heartbeat Memorial) from spending your everyday with the girls who are aiming to become idols. Tokimeki Idol marks the return of Konami's Tokimeki Memorial romance sim series. From its initial release back in 1994, Tokimeki Memorial has spawned many game sequels, spin-offs, & adaptations from its original video anime back in 1999 & 2009, a 2006 anime TV series (Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~) which was based on the Tokimeki Memorial online game which was also released in that same year, & many more from drama CDs & soundtracks. No game within the Tokimeki Memorial series has ever been officially translated for the western market although it is argued that Brooktown High, another one of Konami's games released for the Playstation Portable back in 2007, was heavily inspired by Tokimeki Memorial and was considered Konami's way of bringing the series over to the western market......not in the way fans would have wanted though as the game was heavily panned as a horrible game. Reporter Rant: Okay seriously......this game is looking too much like The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage. Honestly, I think I can let one out now......FUCK KONAMI for ruining yet another favorite franchise by making it a mobile monetization smartphone game!! #FUCKKONAMI
Mikuru//X posted an article in Video Game NewsIn what seems to be an endless spiral of stupid events, Konami had banned Metal Gear Solid creator, Hideo Kojima, from attending the Video Game Awards 2015 which took place on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Video Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley stated during the awards ceromony on Thursday that Kojima did not attend the ceromony because a lawyer representing Konami had informed Kojima that he "was not allowed" to attend. Keighley stated that Kojima had "every intention" of attending the event but because of this move by Konami, Kojima was instead watching the event back in Tokyo. During the event, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was nominated for Game of the Year, Best Art Direction, Best Score/Soundtrack, & Best Action/Adventure. The had won both awards for Best Score/Soundtrack & Best Action/Adventure. Kojima Productions was also nominated for Developer of the Year. Both awards were accepted by Keifer Sutherland, the voice of Big Boss in MGSV: The Phantom Pain. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain also won a Platinum Award at the Playstation Awards 2015 ceromony in Tokyo earlier on Thursday. This award is awarded for games that have sold more than 1 million copies. The game also won a Users Choice Prize Asia. Kojima was also not allowed to attend this event. Instead, a Konami public relations supervisor accepted the trophy instead. This event is just one of many (but the biggest) that has occurred ever since the falling out between Kojima & Konami has started earlier this year. A report by The New Yorker sited that Kojima had left Konami Los Angeles Studio on October 9th, after a farewell ceromony. Konami later denied the report, saying that at the time of its writing, Kojima was taking "an extended vacation." News from an anonymous source within Konami claimed back in March that Kojima would leave Konami after completing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, with Kojima's contract with Konami supposedly ending sometime in December. Konami stated around the same month that Kojima Productions and other internal companies have had their names changed as part of Konami's restructuring.....all of the ones which Kojima has had some involvement with. The phrase "A Hideo Kojima Game" was also removed from the game titles on Konami America's Metal Gear Solid page along with logos for "Fox Team" & "Fox Engine" and when Konami restructed in March, Kojima was no longer listed as the "Executive Content Officer" of Konami. Earlier in the year, Kojima has previously stated that he would consider Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as the last Metal Gear Solid title. Later, Konami UK Community Manager Graham Day stated in an interview back in September that "the Metal Gear brand will continue," even without Kojima. Sources: IGN, Gamespot, Anime News Network