Cause of Konamis implosion revealed Its going mobile

first_imgThe gaming world was recently shocked when the once-promising Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro-helmed Silent Hills was unceremoniously canceled. Around the same time, Konami delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange, and before then, rumors swirled about the industry that Konami golden child Kojima was fired. Those rumors haven’t yet proved true, but that’s a lot of high profile turmoil in a couple of months. Now, though, an interview with Konami CEO Hideki Hayakawa might have revealed the cause of the strife: Konami’s going mobile.Just yesterday, Final Fantasy developer Square Enix announced that the company is shifting its main focus from developing console games to developing mobile games. Now, it seems Konami is following suit. In an interview that first appeared on Nikkei Trendy Net, Hayakawa stated that Konami believes mobile gaming is the future, saying that mobile games “will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world.” That’s more or less a true statement, regardless of how you feel about mobile games. If you peek at the phones of passengers on just about any method of public transportation, you’d notice a large swath of them are playing mobile games — whether they’re hardcore CCGs or casual puzzlers like Candy Crush.Both Konami and Square are right to think that mobile, at least in the short-term, is the future of gaming. Just about everyone (in targeted demographics new and old) has a phone, and mobile games can rake in tons of cash despite a smaller budget compared to console outings. Easier to make, costs less, and makes proportionally more money.Just like Square announced, Konami isn’t bowing out of the console industry, it’s just shifting its main focus to mobile games. Square has already proven that this strategy works — it has a well-established library of quality mobile games, and those mobile games were the main reason for the company enjoying a 49% boost in profit for the last financial year. Konami doesn’t have the same quality library, but it sounds like building that catalog is now the company’s plan.We’ll see what happens with the new initiative, because the last time Konami and Square shared a similar thought, an action figure with soft, realistic boobs was created.last_img

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