Everyone was rather taken aback at the recent actions by Konami during which the company parted ways with Hideo Kojima and left the PT project in limbo. The company also said that they were now focussing their efforts on the mobile space. Konami has come out and has explained that their recent actions have “prompted a great deal of anxiety, for which we apologise.” They then issued a statement to try and make things a little clearer for gamers regarding their future plans. Here’s what the company had to say to The Nikkei.
“Our aim is to continue to build up a comprehensive portfolio of console, arcade, and card game titles for each IP while also making the best possible use of the mobile devices that accompany our customers in their daily life, thus expanding the limits of entertainment and appealing to more and more customers,” Hayakawa said. Indeed, Konami is focusing on mobile, and it’s because the publisher is focusing on its own soil first and foremost.
“Until now, in addition to game development duties, our creators were handling a wide range of responsibilities including managerial roles,” Hayakawa said. This became incredibly complicated, and didn’t work with Konami’s apparent unification of teams, so “we have changed our approach to instead have managerial staff thoroughly focus on strategy and how their individual skills can be best applied, with that strategy then being executed together with the creative staff.”
The strength of Konami as a company, Hayakwa said, is in its “power to create groundbreaking IPs, and our power to refine them into progressively better products.” This “has been the driving force behind our business. However, whereas platforms to date were very limited, we now need to split our approaches between console, arcade, card, and mobile games to best suit the needs of the customer.”
Konami’s statement concluded, “Konami will continue to embrace the challenge of creating entertainment content via different platforms; across not only mobile platforms, but for home consoles, arcade units, and cards, to meet the changing needs of the times. Your support for our current endeavours, and your spurring us on to greater heights, are as always deeply appreciated.”