Last week we dug up old Konami trademarks for Drum Revolution and Guitar Revolution, which I presumed were related to DrumMania and Guitar Freaks respectively. After seeing our article, Luke recalled he inquired about this months ago and sent us a copy of an e-mail reply by Konami (huge thanks!). The e-mail mentions Konami is planning to test and launch the latest Guitar Freaks and Drum Mania games sometime in the future. However, it is unclear if Konami is only eying an arcade release or if they are contemplating a home version in the too. Of course, this remains a tantalizing rumor until Konami says something, but it will be interesting to see what happens if they try to take ground away from Rock Band and the well established Guitar Hero franchise.
From: [email protected] (*edited for protection)
To: [email protected] (* also edited)
Subject: RE: music arcade games
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:24:46 +0100
Sorry for the short delay in coming back to you. I hope you had a good trip to Japan and I am pleased you liked the games you played over there.
At this time I cannot release much information as it is still confidential however I can say that we are planning to test and then launch the latest Guitar Freaks and Drum Mania later this year / early next year into the European markets. Ref the other BEMANI games we are discussing and will decide after the initial launch.
If you need more information please let me know.