Konami has had a rough time of it recently, parting ways with Hideo Kojima, removing videos from YouTube which highlighted the feud between Kojima and Konami as well as P.T. being removed from the PlayStation Network and even blocking some PS4 owners from playing any of their other digital games. Now, it may seem like the answer to Konami’s self harming and killing of it’s own franchises like Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid, Konami sees its future in mobile games.
Konami CEO, Hideki Hayakawa gave an interview to Nikkei Trendy Net where he laid out the plans for the company going forward, their unrelenting focus on mobile. A translation of the interview was posted on NeoGAF and can be found below
We will pursue mobile games aggressively. Our main platform will be mobiles. Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power pro and Winning Eleven with additional content, our games must move from selling things like “items” to selling things like “features.”
We saw with these games that even people who buy physical games are motivated to buy extra content. The success of Power pro especially has motivated us to actively push more of our popular series onto mobile than ever before.”
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 MGSV and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there too.”
With multiplatform games, there’s really no point in dividing the market into categories anymore. Mobiles will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world.
Could the time of seeing Konami on non-mobile platforms be coming to an end once and for all?