Like several other great publishers, Konami has decided to shift its focus from console gaming to mobile gaming (e.g. smartphones), and there is a good chance that some of its big-name franchises (i.e. Metal Gear Solid, Dance Dance Revolution and Silent Hill) will come along for the ride. In an interview with Japan’s Nikkei, company president Hideki Hayakawa stated:
“We will pursue mobile games aggressively. Our main platform will be mobiles.”The executive hinted that key franchises like Metal Gear Solid and Winning Eleven may go mobile and was enthusiastic about the idea of charging a premium for actual game modes:
“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’. We saw with these games that even people who buy physical games are motivated to buy extra content.”Konami, like Capcom, hasn’t been performing well financially, with their cancellation of Silent Hills and ongoing drama with Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima being prime examples of their troubles. All signs pointed to the company choosing mobile over consoles. MUST READ: Kojima Will Leave Konami After Metal Gear Solid 5 Releases Unfortunately, that means fewer AAA games like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Winning Eleven on the Xbox and PlayStation home consoles and more small-scale titles on mobile devices. Keep in mind that the Konami was the creator of such classic titles as the Contra series on the Super Nintendo / Sega Genesis and The Simpsons and X-Men Arcade games, so there is chance those games could also get mobile adaptations. What Konami games do you want to play on your smartphone or tablet?
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