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May 22, 2007 - Konami reported its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, and the company is doing better than ever. While the revenue reports and earnings breakdowns may prove interesting for some of our more fiscally minded readers, the juiciest tidbit of info was about Konami's hugely-anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

When discussing its current outlook for fiscal '08, a period ending next March, Konami listed Metal Gear Solid 4 as one of the main drivers of potential revenue. Up until now, the company had been mysteriously tight-lipped regarding this game's release date. However, these latest remarks seem to indicate that we will be playing Metal Gear Solid 4 by March 31, 2008, at the latest.

Looking at its performance from this year, Konami reported that total revenue had increased 6.9% over last year to 280.3 billion yen ($2.3 billion). Operating income also increased from 2.5 billion yen to 28.1 billion yen ($231.9 million), while net income fell 29.5% to 16.2 billion yen ($133 million).

Looking forward, Konami anticipated a net revenue increase of 5.3% to 295 billion yen ($2.4 billion), an operating income increase of 17.3% to 33 billion yen ($272 million) and a rise in net income to almost 13% to 18.3 billion yen ($151 million).

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