Rumours have been floating about for a number of months now that Konami are cutting loose and leaving the Triple-A industry and instead dipping their hands into money farm that is mobile, however UK community manager for Konami, Graham Day, says otherwise.
Graham Day appeared in an interview with Game On Daily (whole video below), saying “don’t believe everything you read in the press.”
Day was asked whether Metal Gear Solid V can continue without Kojima, replying, “yeah, course it can. Metal Gear is about the story, it’s about the characters.” The interviewer said that it would make things difficult for anyone new to come in, but Day said that new teams can, and have, done well building on the franchise without the direct help from Kojima, as we seen with Metal Gear Rising.
“That was an example of the title being taken in a new direction by separate teams with obviously hands-in from other parties. And that was in itself a very, very good game as well, and that was obviously led by a completely different team.”
When asked if Konami is still committed to triple-A, or if they are going the mobile route, Day said “that never changed,” and that Konami will continue to make the “best games around.”
“Things have been taken out of context but that’s never changed,” he explained. “Just because mobile gaming has been embraced, that doesn’t mean everything else has to quit. Konami has a history of making the best games around and that is something that will continue. That won’t change anything going forward. So people should believe in Konami, and if I was to use a tagline, PES 2016’s tagline is ‘Love the past, play the future.’ And that is there for a reason. The future isn’t ending now. The future has a long, long way.”
It will be interesting over the next few months to see what Konami will actually be doing. While it is likely PES will continue as a Konami development, rumours suggest other franchises will fall, becoming mere Pachinko machines, which has already begun as both Silent Hill and Castlevania have both been turned into “pull the lever” games.
What I see most likely happening is that Konami will farm out these IP’s to other developers, much like they did with Metal Gear Rising to Platinum, and focus purely on publishing games rather than doing all the nitty gritty too. That is just a guess though, taking events and this interview into consideration.
That said, it is also very likely that this community manager doesn’t know what Konami will do going forward, as they have shown that communication isn’t their strongpoint, leaving fans wondering for months what’s happening without a single word. This is the first time we’ve had any confirmation one way or another from within the company, and it’s told to a small time website in a tiny interview with a community manager, when many other BIG sites have been emailing them for constantly, only getting copy/paste responses and zero confirmation? You can see why I’m a little sceptical of this news.
What are your thoughts on this though? Where do you see Konami heading in the future? Let us know in the comments!