A few weeks ago we came to terms with the news that Konami was exiting the traditional video game console publishing business in favor of the more lucrative mobile market where microtransactions are king. Just as it seemed as if the days of Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill were behind us, now Game Informer brings word that the company has clarified its position and intends to continue creating new games for consoles as well as mobile, arcades, cards, and wherever else games may be.
Konami provided us with its own translation of the interview, providing context around the statements dealing with mobile. Judging by the cover letter from Jay Boor, Konami director of public relations, it's clear that the company doesn't want Metal Gear and Silent Hill fans to panic.
"Konami will continue to embrace the challenge of creating entertainment content via different platforms; across not only mobile platforms, but for home consoles, arcade units, and cards, to meet the changing needs of the times," Boor writes. He also reaffirms what we've heard from Konami before: Metal Gear and Silent Hill will live on. The publisher just isn't ready to talk about how yet (though we know that the Guillermo del Toro-led Silent Hills is canceled).
Konami has a funny way of showing it's still interested in the console market considering the high profile game cancellations and staff dismissals in recent weeks. I'll take whatever good news I can get though, and knowing that Konami intends to stick with traditional markets is good news indeed. Let's just hope that its next attempt to reboot Castlevania works better than Lords of Shadow did, and would it kill them to let some of the old Hudson properties they now own like Bonk and Adventure Island out to play? Oh, who am I kidding? The next major release will undoubtedly be Metal Gear Solid VI: The Search For More Money. At least it'll be for a home console!