In a recently translated interview, Konami’s new CEO Hideki Hayakawa stated the company would be moving away from AAA to mobile games.
The original interview ran on Nikkei Trendy Net in Japanese, which was then translated by a NEOGAF user. While there may be some details lost in translation, Hayakawa made the future direction of the company abundantly clear.
“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,” said Hayakawa, according to the translation.
This announcement comes in the wake of the cancellation of Silent Hills and lends context to rumours of Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami. When he asked about their overseas game franchises, the CEO said, “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.”
Hayakawa continued to say, “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’.”
From a purely business standpoint the decision does make sense as mobile games account for nearly half of Japan’s videogame market and the last console generation was not kind on Konami. However, the decision would mean a massive restructuring within the company that may produce even more drama then what we’ve seen already.