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Konami is going mobile

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Mailboxes drip like lampposts in the twisted birth canal of the coliseum, dim-jobs mask the temper tantrum oh say can you see ‘e? Stuffed cabbage is the darling of the laundromat, the mouse with the overbite explained how the rabbit was inside the thee-eyed monkey with his toaster-oven life! Oh the times they’ are a changin’!

Don’t expect to see Konami focus too much effort on console games in the future. Because that company is going mobile as they say in the biz. That’s according to a translated interview via NeoGAF, where new CEO Hideki Hayakawa outlined Konami’s new plans for the future. The interview originally ran  on Nikkei Trendy Net, so take the translation with a pinch of salt in case any particular themes were lost in translation. According to the interview, Konami will no pursue the mobile market with great gusto and what I presume to be chutzpah:

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.

That also means that established franchises could also be getting the mobile treatment, with Hayakawa detailing plans to possibly shift Metal Gear Solid and Winning Eleven onto mobile

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.

In other, other words then, expect games starring your favourite franchises that are just barely fun and reward you for nonsense actions while seeking to extract some coin out of you. Or as South Park so adequately explained the freemium cycle:

It was nice knowing you Konami.

Last Updated: May 15, 2015


  1. Admiral Chief

    May 15, 2015 at 10:08



  2. Vogiir

    May 15, 2015 at 10:08

    This could be a factor that lead to kojimas departure…


    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      May 15, 2015 at 10:19

      Totally agree with you.


  3. Hammersteyn

    May 15, 2015 at 10:09

    Hehe dat Contra code


    • Admiral Chief

      May 15, 2015 at 10:12

      The last two made me chuckle


  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 15, 2015 at 10:10

    I can’t help but say their name the same way Jim Sterling likes to. Konaaaaaaaaami. With contempt dripping off every syllable.


  5. Admiral Chief

    May 15, 2015 at 10:12

    Going mobile always makes it seem as if they are surrendering to the dark side


    • Krabby Paddy

      May 15, 2015 at 10:17

      I think that, but hey the masses disagree with me. So good for them for making this decision.


  6. Hammersteyn

    May 15, 2015 at 10:15

    Silent Solid Crush incoming


    • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

      May 15, 2015 at 10:24

      What I just did to my neighbours nose…


      • Hammersteyn

        May 15, 2015 at 10:26



        • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

          May 15, 2015 at 10:28

          Silent but Violent…


  7. HairyEwok

    May 15, 2015 at 10:16

    I hope all those FarmVille/CandyCrush people out there watched that brilliant South Park Episode.


  8. ReaperOfSquirrels

    May 15, 2015 at 10:18

    Metal Gear Solid Saga on it’s way!!!! bwahahahahahaha


  9. Dutch-Trevor Matrix

    May 15, 2015 at 10:20

    Metal Gear $olid… Pay per Sneak. $98 buys you twenty sneaks. You only need 76 sneaks to finish a level.


  10. Dutch-Trevor Matrix

    May 15, 2015 at 10:22

    Metal Gear $olid Gold… $86.00 buys you the Super Duper Sneak Box.


  11. Spathi

    May 15, 2015 at 10:23

    I don’t even…this is just depressing. I’m not angry or anything, just sad.


  12. Chule Gcanga

    May 15, 2015 at 11:19

    You know. FUCK Hideki Hayakawa, Fuck KONAMI & FUCK MOBILE. If him & his company wants to desert console & P.C. he can go right fucking ahead. Konami was one of my fav devs, especially when Kojima was still around. But right now all I’d like them to do is release Phantom Pain & fuck off..when he comes crawling back (which he will) after mobile has chewed them up & spat them out. I really hope he gets the same rejection he has shown us….


  13. Goal9

    May 15, 2015 at 11:39

    They better sell off their franchises then before they even dare to make crap like Metal Gear Solid DASH or Castlevania PUZZLE QUEST.


  14. WitWolfy

    May 15, 2015 at 12:03

    MGS Free mobile game edition… $20 for a ration, $100 to unlock a single codec conversation and last but not least $800 to have classic David Hayter voice actor in the game instead of Kiefer Sutherland.


    Seems legit…


  15. Samuel Kahn

    May 15, 2015 at 14:15

    Really want to use in Konami in #Mobile.


  16. Paulo R. Mendes

    May 16, 2015 at 15:52

    That is the dumbest idea I’ve heard (read) in my life! mobiles, the future of gaming?! NO WAY!!!


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