Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched helplessly as Konami has gone from the excellent company that brought us Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Contra, into a company that is seemingly hounding Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima out of town and canned an awesome looking Silent Hills game that would be created by Kojima and veteran film maker Guillermo del Toro, as well as starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus. Now there is yet more news that is bound to upset fans, Konami intends to now focus on mobile gaming as its main platform.
This news comes from a NeoGAF translation of a Japanese interview with the new Konami President Hideki Hayakawa. In the interview, Hayakawa said that Konami will:
“pursue mobile games aggressively,” and that “gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies. We hope that our overseas games such as Metal Gear Solid V and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there, too,” Hayakawa continued. “With multiplatform games, there’s really no point in dividing the market into categories anymore. Mobile will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world.”
Hayakawa went on to say that Konami will strongly pursue a “pay-as-you-play model”.
“Our games must move from selling things like ‘items’ to selling things like ‘features.'” He said.
It seems that whilst there are still a few console games still due to be released by Konami, such as the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, we should expect the company to start transitioning to mobile games from now on.
As you read earlier, Konami has been undergoing a lot of changes recently that gamers haven’t been responding well to. Not only has Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima suddenly left the company, but Konami went on to remove his name from all Metal Gear products, even for The Phantom Pain, which Kojima is still working on. Konami also canned a promising Silent Hills game and have taken the P.T. demo that revealed the game off the PlayStation Store. The company also delisted themselves from the New York Stock exchange. It seems to be a turbulent time for Konami, who has so far refused to comment on exactly what’s going on.