According to the new CEO of Konami, the future of gaming and of the company lies in mobile games.
This comes to us via a translated interview with Hideki Hayakawa that was conducted by Nikkei Trendy Net. In the interview, the CEO stated his position on mobile games which he says the company will pursue “aggressively.”
Below are excerpts from the interview which were translated by a NeoGaf user:
“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.”
“We saw with these games that even people who buy physical games are motivated to buy extra content. The success of Power pro especially has motivated us to actively push more of our popular series onto mobile than ever before.”
“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.”
“With multiplatform games, there’s really no point in dividing the market into categories anymore. Mobiles will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world.”
Since this was translated, it’s possible that some details were lost. However, it seems that the company will take the same route that Sega has and focus more on mobile games. Nintendo is taking a similar route though it will continue to produce console games in some capacity.
We’ll update this story as it develops.