Konami Community Manager Graham Day is trying his darnedest not to end up on the panchinko lines by ensuring everybody that yes, Konami does in fact care about games. Especially Metal Gear Solid, which he insists, rather convincingly, can continue without Kojima.
Yeah, course it can. Metal Gear is about the story, it’s about the characters and I think, yeah…
Day cites Metal Gear Rising, which was produced by Platinum Games, and to be fair, a lot of people liked MGR and its sombrero wearing cryborgs. So maybe you don’t need Kojima, you just need Platinum.
He goes on to say that Konami is as committed as ever to triple-A game development, which could not be more evidenced, what with the two console releases they put out in 2015, their widely publicized cancelling of Silent Hills, and the fact that their CEO explicitly stated mobile will be their core platform going forward. As day puts it, “That’s never changed. Things have been taken out of context but that’s never changed.”
Too true, afterall, “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,” is very open to interpretation.
If you want to see more of a man trying desperately to put out the grease fire that is Konami, check out the full interview at Game on Daily.