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Konami Apologizes For Recent Commotion, Talks “Mobile First” Future
The controversial parting of ways with long time developer Hideo Kojima, the cancellation of Silent Hills, and the announcement of the company’s “Mobile First” future, was what dragged Konami down into a well of PR nightmare within just a span of a couple of months.
Now, the company has issued an apology to its fans for the commotion its recent decisions have caused. In a statement, a Konami representative said “We are aware that the conjecture surrounding our recent changes has prompted a great deal of anxiety, for which we apologise.”
The statement further added that Konami has no plans to alienate its Metal Gear and Silent Hill fans, major franchises which have produced a massive cult following over the years.
“[They] are 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.”
In a separate statement to Nikkei, Konami President and Representative Director Hideki Hayakawa explained that the company’s Mobile focus has been taken out of context.
He said that the idea of Mobile First is not to ditch other platforms to work on only mobile games. He assured that Konami will continue to work on the titles currently under its umbrella for all major platforms.
“Our aim is to continue to build up a comprehensive portfolio of console, arcade, and card game titles for each IP while also making the best possible use of the mobile devices that accompany our customers in their daily life, thus expanding the limits of entertainment and appealing to more and more customers.”
The decision of going Mobile First, however, is necessary because Konami is focusing to capture more grounds on its own Japanese soil, where the Mobile market is colossal. “Japan is our primary market for mobile content,” said Hayakawa.
In related news, a rumor on the web today suggests that Microsoft is bidding to purchase Silent Hills from Konami and have it as an Xbox One exclusive. According to the rumor, the announcement might even be made at E3 2015, while the game is said to arrive by March 2016.