Japanese site My Gaming News Flash posted an interview with new Konami CEO today that could reveal why the company has been so adamant about abandoning its best franchises.
We will pursue mobile games aggressively. 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.”
Hayakawa seems to think that the prevalence of DLC and “Freemium” content is ultimately the way to stay lucrative in the games industry. Since mobile games are the biggest users of such content, he feels that is the path to follow.
“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.”
The new CEO only gives a passing remark to Konami’s bigger console titles, continuing to steer the focus back to mobile.
“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.”
Do you agree with Mr. Hayakawa? Is mobile really the future of games? Let’s discuss this interesting notion in the comments below!