Friday, May 15, 2015

Mobile Games: Konami's Future?

I didn't want to report on this until additional sources confirmed the news: Konami is going mobile.

Over the past few weeks we have seen some crazy things going down with the publisher. Hideo Kojima was ousted and MGS5: Phantom Pain will be the last product from him in the franchise. The Silent Hills game was canceled for seemingly no reason. Strange things were happening and now we know why.

In an interview with CEO Hideki Hayakawa, they want to peruse mobile games aggressively. They see the success it has had, and the future in it. As such, they are moving towards mobile games as their main platform of content. Not consoles.

This isn't along the lines of Nintendo where they are partnering up with app developers to create a handful of mobile games. They want to shift their company's focus to mobile gaming and lesson their presence on consoles.

It explains a lot, but why the shift? I'd imagine with Konami's reputation that they weren't exactly hurting in terms of the bottom line. Not when you can pay to have Kojima on the staff. It's all....mystifying. Maybe they see a future where consoles truly fade away and they want to be ahead of the curve?

The story will be updated as comments are receive by Konami.


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