There has been a lot of controversy in the industry surrounding Konami recently. Hideo Kojima is believed to be leaving the company after the completion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the highly-anticipated Silent Hills was cancelled, and the company’s CEO declared mobile gaming to be the future, with the “pay-as-you-play” model becoming a main focus. Many believe Konami is quickly moving to abandon the console market altogether, but they’ve issued a statement clarifying their previous report and assuring gamers that this is not the case.
“There have been certain brief quotes reported by several media outlets taken from a Japanese web article about Konami that was issued recently. Some of these quotes have lacked the necessary context and caused unrest within our key stakeholders including our community, members of the press, our partners, and our fans. We are aware that the conjecture surrounding our recent changes has prompted a great deal of anxiety, for which we apologize. To further aid in your better understanding of Konami’s business strategies, we would like to share the English translation of the entire article.
“Konami, as a company, underwent a major structural reorganization in March this year. The aim of this reform has been to guarantee that, in the quickly-changing digital entertainment industry where new game designs and platforms constantly alter the market environment, we can accurately observe new customer demands and market trends, and apply our long-established technology and knowhow quickly and effectively with a range of targeted responses.
“The reorganization process has entailed repositioning our production studios, shifting our game development to a more centralized production division system. “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” director Hideo Kojima and his team members are hard at work in the new production division system, bringing the game ever closer to completion. Regarding the release of “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from fans in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and elsewhere worldwide who are eagerly awaiting the game’s much anticipated September 1st launch. To this end, the development team is diligently working together to ensure those high expectations are answered in full.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to state that the Metal Gear and Silent Hill series, both beloved by countless fans around the globe, are also extremely important to Konami. We have nurtured them with care over many years since their inception, and will continue to produce products for both franchises, but we are not currently at a stage where we can announce the path these future titles will take.
“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 endeavors, and your spurring us on to greater heights, are as always deeply appreciated.”
Konami is greatly increasing support for the mobile market, but it doesn’t look like they’re ready to give up on the console market entirely just yet. The future of Metal Gear seems a little murky with Kojima likely leaving the company, and there are rumblings that the Silent Hill IP is for sale, but Konami is currently pledging support for both franchises.
Source: All Games Beta