Let's hope you guys haven't forgotten about good ol' Konami. For those who might have forgotten them, or simply don't have a clue who they are, they're the developers and publishers behind a lot of the games that we know and love. Such as Castlevania, Contra and my favorite, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Come to think of it, Konami is actually a pretty prominent name across the world, how could we forget it? Well, if you've been scratching your head the past few days wondering what Konami has been up to, scratch no more!
A NeoGAF post informed us about a recent interview between Hideki Hayakawa and Nikkei Trendy Net that brings us the wonderful news that Konami will be shifting gears and aiming at mobile gaming now. Hayakawa told Nikkei Trendy Net that they "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.'" This sounds like some exciting news, but it could also be a little bit of bad news, as it sounds like more pay-to-win games might be showing up on the market.
Konami's recent presence in the console industry has slowly been decreasing, and it's no secret. Many have probably gotten the feeling from the recent departure of Hideo Kojima from the company, and the cancellation of the new Silent Hills title. You can obviously tell that this is a BIG hit to the company, and the sudden shift to mobile gaming might be a way for them to be saved.
Hayakawa also said during the interview: "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."
Even with the rapid change in Konami's strategies, we can still see that they're making an attempt to keep the company going. However, whether this is actually the right path to go down will be something we have to wait to find out. Freemium type games have been popping up left and right, making mobile gamers furious, and I can only wonder if this is going to add Konami to the list. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and I'd like to thank Vino for the topic submission.