Shortly after Konami announced that its future lies in mobile gaming, the company backtracked to say that phone games are merely on its radar. So, will we see iOS/Android versions of its big hitters like Metal Gear and Silent Hill?
Konami recently caused a bit of a stir when it referred to its decision to bring much-loved game titles to smartphones and tablets as a “mobile first” policy. Fans of the veteran publisher presumed (understandably) that future releases would be developed first and foremost for portable devices, or could even be mobile only.
Hideki Hayakawa, Konami’s president, has since clarified the fateful statement, indicating that the company would continue to roll out new games across the usual platforms as well as pushing out titles for mobile devices.
While setting the record straight, Mr Hayakawa claimed that Konami would indeed be releasing mobile titles, but indicated that they wouldn’t take precedence over console versions. He also stated that Konami’s mobile games would make “the best possible use” of the mobile platform, which set a few alarm bells ringing, given his effusive comments regarding the pay-as-you-play model in the past.
Speaking to IGN, he said: “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.”
So while it’s perfectly possible that we’ll still see Solid Snake and foggy, desolate towns on our Android or iPhone devices in the future, it sounds like any mobile releases will be mere accompaniments to their console brethren. We’re expecting titles akin to Halo: Spartan Strike, a simple spin-off of the popular Halo series that hit iOS and Windows Phone earlier this year.
Of course, not all fans will readily welcome mobile versions of their favourite franchises, as touchscreen controls for anything more complex than Flappy Bird are notoriously terrible nine times out of ten. However, we’d more than happily invest in a Bluetooth controller to indulge in a bit of crate sneaking on our daily commute.
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