Konami's new CEO: Mobile is the future of gaming, is Konami's main platform

#1
"We will pursue mobile games aggressively," says Konami's new CEO Hayakawa in an interview with Nikkei Trendy Net.

"Our main platform will be mobiles. 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."

"We saw with these games that even people who buy physical games are motivated to buy extra content. The success of Power pro especially has motivated us to actively push more of our popular series onto mobile than ever before."

"Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies."

"We hope that our overseas games such as MGSV and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there too."

"With multiplatform games, there's really no point in dividing the market into categories anymore. Mobiles will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world."

http://jin115.com/archives/52080348.html
I wasn't really sure where to post this but I figured here was ok? Since we're talking about mobile games and stuff.
 
#2
Copy bump.

To note, for the Power Pro game he mentions, it came out recently and was grossing in the range of many hundred thousand to $1 million or so a day based on what its positioning was and what other at that position tend to gross.
 
#4
"We will pursue mobile games aggressively," says Konami's new CEO Hayakawa in an interview with Nikkei Trendy Net.

"Our main platform will be mobiles. 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."

"We saw with these games that even people who buy physical games are motivated to buy extra content. The success of Power pro especially has motivated us to actively push more of our popular series onto mobile than ever before."

"Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies."

"We hope that our overseas games such as MGSV and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there too."

"With multiplatform games, there's really no point in dividing the market into categories anymore. Mobiles will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world."

http://jin115.com/archives/52080348.html
I wasn't really sure where to post this but I figured here was ok? Since we're talking about mobile games and stuff.
All credit goes to HGH.
I don't know what to say....
 
#6
To be honest, I wonder if mobile isn't in danger with wearables.
Even if I don't like this direction, I can see what they are looking for: Huge profits made on small investments.
 
#10
Weren't companies saying this 7-8 years ago too? PS4 sales numbers say hi Konami.

To be fair it's not that different from what some other Japanese companies have shifted focus towards, but I shudder to think of all their good IPs going mobile only. Yikes.
 

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#24
they did, they just abandoned them
Nailed it.

Castlevania would sell, going by the Kickstarter. Double so if they had let IGA make one off handhelds outside of that PSN/XBLA game which wasn't exactly like the others. Same with other IP's if they treated them better.
 
#27
Saying that they are focusing aggressively on mobile doesn't exclude developing games for consoles.

In fact he says:"We hope that our overseas games such as MGSV and Winning Eleven continue to do well, but we are always thinking about how to push our franchises onto mobile there too."

He confirms console games will continue to be developed, but they are focusing on mobile too.
 
#28
Thing is Konami still have franchises that sell well and around 50% of their income comes from gaming. I wonder what spurred this?

I think this is the wrong approach because they seem to be really scaling down on console development. Look at SE, Konami. Thats how you diversify.
 
#35
I think I mentioned it before in a different thread, but:

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#38
fuck. zero interest in mobile gaming.

i guess MGSV really will be the last Konami game for me. so sad :/ oh well thanks for Super Castlevania, Turtles in Time, Silent Hill, MGS etc. good times were had.