Konami has been making lots of waves lately when it was revealed that Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima left the company and the very promising Silent Hills game was cancelled.
While people had their opinions why all of this is going down, Konami themselves have now made it quite clear in a recent statement where they’re priorities now lie.
Here’s what Konami CEO, Hideki Hayakawa said on the topic:
“We will pursue mobile games aggressively,” Hayakawa told Nikkei Trendy Net (via NeoGAF). “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.'”
He goes on to call mobile games the future of gaming:
“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,” Hayakawa added. “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.”
This is a pretty massive shift of focus for Konami, but one that isn’t all too surprising considering things that have happened over the last several months. Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill are two very big franchises for them, and how they treated both of them as they did recently makes a lot more sense now.