Rumor: Konami cancels PS3 Gradius, several others [update 1]

If the latest issue of Japan's Famitsu magazine is to be believed, Konami has quietly cancelled several of their upcoming PS3 and Wii projects. IGN reports that an updated release list for the company has been shortened by no less than six games, one of which was a Playstation 3 version of side-scrolling shooter, Gradius. Of course, since mere absence doesn't confirm outright cancellation, it would be best to treat this as a rumor for now.

One potential explanation is that Konami has now made enough progress on some of these titles (if they were even in development to begin with) to warrant less ambiguous descriptors. If "New Action Game" turned into Castlevania: Polka of Purgatory, the publisher would likely choose a grander announcement than simply having it pop up on a standard release list.

The removed titles are as follows:

  • Gradius Series (PS3)

  • Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball (PS3)

  • New Action Game (PS3)

  • New Role Playing Game (PS3)

  • New Action Adventure Game 2 (Wii)

  • Role Playing Game (Wii)

Games still appearing on the release list include two sports titles, a music game and an "action adventure" for the Wii. Pro Baseball Spirits, Winning Eleven and Metal Gear Solid 4 are also still slated for the PS3.

[Update: This rumor is bogus.]