Publisher Konami has been in the news a lot lately, and not for particularly good reasons. Now, in an interview with publication Nikkei, a top Konami executive has stated that the company’s main focus will be on mobile gaming. The publisher behind legacy franchises like Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill will “pursue mobile games aggressively” and now considers smart phones and tablet devices its “main platform”.
“Gaming has spread to a number of platforms,” the executive told Nikkei, “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. 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.”
Konami’s president, Hideki Hayakawa echoed these sentiments during the publisher’s most recent earnings report. “Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power Pro and Winning Eleven,” he said, “with additional content, our games must move from selling things like ‘items’ to selling things like ‘features’.”
Recently, long-time Konami partner and legendary game designer Hideo Kojima found himself at odds with the publisher. This has resulted in numerous senior staff at Kojima Productions being placed on restrictions within Konami. Furthermore, many Kojima Productions staff are now contractual and no longer permanent; this includes Kojima. According to a Gamespot source: “After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December.”
Konami has also removed all Kojima Productions logos from official Metal Gear Solid V promotional materials, the game’s official website, and Twitter account.