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New Gameplay Footage from the Metal Gear Solid 3 Pachislot Machine Shows Snake Fighting Ocelot

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima left Konami last year after spending decades with the company, and the publisher retained the rights to his beloved franchise. In addition to following up Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain with a spin-off called Metal Gear Survive, Konami is capitalizing on the success of the popular video game series with a pachislot machine based on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

The arcade gambling device is essentially a slot machine that displays recreated scenes from
Metal Gear Solid 3 in surprisingly good quality. This money-grabber goes on sale on October 17th, and Konami has uploaded a video that showcases a fight between Snake and Ocelot. You can check it out by clicking above.

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Konami Will Launch a Metal Gear Solid 3 Pachislot Machine Later This Year

Konami has earned quite a unfavorable reputation among gamers in recent years, and a key factor in the divide between the company and its customers has been their treatment of key franchises. An ugly divorce from developer Hideo Kojima led to the cancellation of the highly-anticipated Silent Hills game, and fans were even more frustrated when Konami announced that their new Silent Hill project would be a pachinko machine.

Many have predicted that
Metal Gear, Kojima’s most popular franchise, would suffer a similar fate in his absence from Konami. Fuel was added to the fire when Konami filed a trademark to do exactly that, and today they officially unveiled a Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater pachislot machine. The arcade gambling device has a 32 inch 1080p LCD screen, giving players a “next generation of pachislot and entertainment experience,” with “overwhelming sense of realism, high-end visuals and dramatic and thrilling story and battles.” You can check out a trailer by clicking above.

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SEGA is Offering “Around 200” Employees Voluntary Retirement as Profit Targets Slip

Earlier this year, SEGA announced that they would be downsizing their company and offered approximately 300 staff members an early retirement plan, and it looks like that same sort of scenario may be happening again soon. In the latest financial report, SEGA told investors that they expect to make significantly less money than they originally anticipated. SEGA originally predicted net sales of $1.7 billion during the current financial year, but now expects $1.3 billion. SEGA’s CEO Hajime Satomi blames the revenue reduction from its Pachinko and slot machines.

Satomi explains that sales of the
Bayonetta and Fist of the North Star slot machines were “not sufficient to offset the impact” of advertising and development costs. In order to improve their profits, SEGA will offer “around 200” employees voluntary retirement and restructure their Pachinko and Pachislot division, which has been under-performing for over a year.

While SEGA Games is doing better than the Pachinko and Pachislot division, it is a far cry from where it once was. Back in July, SEGA Games division CEO Haruki Satomi
vowed to win back gamers’ trust by focusing on quality in all of their games. What do you think SEGA should do to regain their fanbase? Sound off in the comments below!

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