Konami CEO Confirms Company Will Shift Focus to Mobile Development; “Mobile is Where the Future of Gaming Lies”
After a turbulent past few weeks in the world of Konami with an uneasy relationship with developer Hideo Kojima and the company officially delisting from the New York Stock Exchange, Konami has shed more light on where the company’s future is heading and indicated that it may be moving away from development on consoles.
In an interview with Nikkei, Konami Digital Entertainment president/CEO Hideki Hayakawa provided several statements regarding the future of the company in light of recent events and the company’s growing financial changes, with Hayakawa indicating that the company will be shifting its focus away from console development and instead toward mobile game development.
Hayakawa commented during the interview that “mobile is at the center” in Konami’s plans which indicate the company may be shifting away from console game development, citing that Konami “will continue to aggressively expand” to mobile games in the future. Hayakawa also added that “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.”
During the interview Hayakawa also added that while plans for upcoming consoles titles like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will continue ahead as scheduled, he also added that plans for “we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there too.”