Konami shifts its focus from console to mobile gaming

Konami is now shifting its focus from console to mobile gaming and may even bring some of its big-name franchises along with them.

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Konami Digital Entertainment president Hideki Hayakawa has come out to reveal the company will be focusing on mobile saying “We will pursue mobile games aggressively” during an interview with Nikkei. “Our main platform will be mobiles.”

Hayakawa-san hints at key franchises, like Metal Gear Solid and Winning Eleven, may also be heading to mobile and even goes on to speak enthusiastically about 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’,” he added. “We saw with these games that even people who buy physical games are motivated to buy extra content.”

Konami has had quite the interesting past couple of weeks as it cancelled Silent Hills and the ongoing drama with Hideo Kojima leaving after the release of Metal Gear Solid 5 while still promising more titles will be released some time down the line. All of the pieces appear to fall into place towards a future where they focus on mobile gaming, which appears to be where some other publishers are focusing their efforts on as well. Let's just hope we don't get yet another iteration of The Simpsons Arcade game to play on our mobile devices.

Wait - that might actually be cool. Nevermind.

[Via Game Informer, MCV]

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    May 14, 2015 8:02 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Konami shifts its focus from console to mobile gaming

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      May 14, 2015 8:12 AM

      Well, konami is dead to me now :(

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      May 14, 2015 8:12 AM

      I wonder what they'll do when none of their games generate much revenue.

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        May 14, 2015 8:26 AM

        Get sold to EA

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          May 14, 2015 11:09 AM

          Usually they get bought by EA first, then revenues dwindle as they shit out sequels.

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        May 14, 2015 9:07 AM

        Survive on their other more profitable business.

      • Zek
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        May 14, 2015 10:58 AM

        If that happens then they'll drop out of gaming entirely, they're already on the brink of that.

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      May 14, 2015 8:13 AM

      at least they aren't leaving gaming entirely, i guess.

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      May 14, 2015 8:23 AM

      Exclusive first MGS Mobile video http://giphy.com/gifs/metal-gear-solid-UIkFYbFiYt6ve

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      May 14, 2015 8:37 AM

      UP

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      May 14, 2015 8:37 AM

      They did that a while ago.

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      May 14, 2015 8:42 AM

      May I request clarification? Mobile=phones (please say it ain't so)? Or are we talking Vita/3Ds (I could live with that)? Both? Neither? We don't know?

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        May 14, 2015 8:51 AM

        Follow the money. iOS games are raking in millions a day.

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          May 14, 2015 9:09 AM

          A small handful are. Most do not.

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            May 14, 2015 9:22 AM

            Of course, but I imagine a known publisher would have a pretty good advantage over the millions of shitty apps that flood the market.

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              May 14, 2015 11:13 AM

              That's not actually much of a sure thing. There seem to be very few predictors of success in the mobile market. Even groups like King or Rovio who have had huge hits on their hands seem unable to launch successful sophomore efforts for the most part.

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        May 14, 2015 8:55 AM

        Phone/tablets. They've recently had a presence (i.e. sent some of their devs and designers) at some of the SF mobile game dev meetups.

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      May 14, 2015 8:44 AM

      How the mighty have fallen.

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      May 14, 2015 8:54 AM

      I want someone to buy them and make good games again. Maybe Nintendo?

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      May 14, 2015 9:12 AM

      and to think... Konami was one of my fav devs back in the day.

      They've killed/abandoned everything I enjoyed about them. Contra, Castlevania, Metal Gear, Silent Hill...

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      May 14, 2015 9:26 AM

      Stick a fork in 'em. They're done.

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      May 14, 2015 10:01 AM

      This is truly Stuff That Sucks material.

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      May 14, 2015 10:09 AM

      SWIPE UP SWIPE UP
      SWIPE DOWN SWIPE DOWN
      SWIPE LEFT SWIPE RIGHT
      SWIPE LEFT SWIPE RIGHT
      TAP TAP TAP

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        May 14, 2015 10:11 AM

        Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuiuiuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu7u

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        May 14, 2015 1:56 PM

        Looks like you've alerted the guards! Would you like to pay $1 to deactivate the alarm?

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        May 14, 2015 2:40 PM

        Snaaaaaaaaake!!!!

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      May 14, 2015 10:14 AM

      Speculation video that Konami tried to DMCA awhile back:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMK-kajdgMA

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      May 14, 2015 10:14 AM

      Unlock the flashlight in Silent Hills for only $4.99

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        May 14, 2015 2:43 PM

        Cardboard boxes are going to cost more in game than in real life.

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      May 14, 2015 10:46 AM

      Stop kidding around. Snake? SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!

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      May 14, 2015 10:57 AM

      RIP Konami.

      Mobile gaming almost entirely sucks. Graphics are shit. Control is inaccurate shit. Gameplay is almost always pay2win shit. At best its a way to kill time. I've never played a game on my phone when I could play a game on my PC or console.

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        May 14, 2015 1:22 PM

        Graphics on mobile games are shit?

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          May 14, 2015 1:32 PM

          yup, not even close to what my GTX970 can do.

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            May 14, 2015 1:40 PM

            So the benchmark for graphical capacity in weather or not something is shit, is that it has to match the modern prowess of a GTX 970, and anything less than that is shit?

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              May 14, 2015 1:42 PM

              I just don't understand why I'd play a game on a tiny screen with underpowered graphics when I'm sitting next to a monster machine doing 120 fps.

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                May 14, 2015 1:57 PM

                So FPS is the mark for graphics now?

                The answer I'm looking for is what is the quality mark for when a game looks like shit? At what point does it visual have to be to be acceptable or outstanding, and at what point does it just drop to shit?

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                  May 14, 2015 1:59 PM

                  Fps, AA, texture quality. Whatever you want, it looks worse on a phone.

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                    May 14, 2015 2:48 PM

                    The 970 is no longer the benchmark. It's just FPS, textures quality, and post processing. What level of texture quality is needed for a game to not look like shit?

                    I'm asking you to put a number on what is required for a game to not look like shit.

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                May 14, 2015 7:14 PM

                probably has to do with all those times you're not sitting next to a PC or something...

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        May 14, 2015 1:25 PM

        graphics are great on smartphones now, but the controls will never get better without a physical controller.

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      May 14, 2015 10:58 AM

      Their headquarters is here in Vegas, huge building on Sunset I drive past all the time. When I see their huge logo taken down I'll let you guys know its the end of times.

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        May 14, 2015 3:16 PM

        I was in Vegas last weekend and noticed that their name is on a ton of the slot machines and stuff. I wonder if they're making more from that than from video games at this point...

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      May 14, 2015 2:30 PM

      Time to go mobile

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      May 14, 2015 2:58 PM

      They should sell MGS and Silent Hill IPs to EA or Ubi or Zenimax. I don't want to see those franchises dying slow death on mobile platforms.

      Such a shame.

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        May 14, 2015 7:24 PM

        Licensing Metal Gear to Platinum turned out exceptionally well. Though Kojima Studios was still involved with that in some capacity.

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        May 14, 2015 7:26 PM

        I see them licensing them to interested parties.

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        May 14, 2015 7:39 PM

        Can you imagine an EA MGS game? You'd have to pay to unlock NVGs.

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      May 14, 2015 3:05 PM

      this is a great sadness