The entire situation at Konami over the last few weeks has been incredibly strange. Relationships with famed developer Hideo Kojima seemingly worsened almost out of nowhere. He’s leaving the company once Metal Gear Solid V is released. His other game, a collaboration with director Guillermo del Toro has been cancelled. The sage behind P.T. grew stranger and stranger. The game is no longer available for download in any form. It seemed from the outside that Konami was distancing themselves from video games altogether.
That’s not the case, apparently, they’re just shifting their focus. Speaking with Nikkei, Konami President Hideki Hayakawa spoke about the future of the company.
“Our main platforms will be mobiles,” he began. “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.”
Free-to-play designed games have been a key area of focus and success for the company recently and Mr. Hayakawa said that is where they will begin to direct their efforts. They’re not alone in that as much of the Japanese game market has shifted towards mobile. Other high profile development companies like Capcom and Sega have moved a lot of their focus towards mobile devices. Even companies like Nintendo, a place that up until very recently was firmly against mobile development, are exploring opportunities in that market.
Will we see more console related video games from Konami in the future? Only time will tell. It appears, though, that they’re more interested in the mobile market than developing for more traditional gaming platforms.