In the ever-growing ball of confusion that is the Konami/Kojima saga, comes the latest plot point in a sea of random statements and rumors: Konami’s apology.
That’s right, they apologized for basically causing a panic (that’s the short version). Not that they cleared much of anything up, but hey, you take what you can get, right?
The statements that caused the uproar came from an interview that new president of Konami, Hideki Hayakawa sat down for an interview about Konami’s future, where he stated the the company will be focusing on mobile gaming now. Konami then translated the entire interview and sent it off to Polygon for a repub.
Konami has stated that they are not abandoning console gaming, Silent Hill or Metal Gear. They say that they plan to continue working on and releasing games in both series, but that they can’t really say when any of this is going to come to fruition. This seems to line up with the clarification from Phil Spencer over at Xbox saying that; No, Microsoft is not trying to buy the rights to Silent Hills. Did you miss that particular rumor? It was a short-lived one earlier this week, but should you be interested, here’s IGN’s blurb on it: Silent Hills Rumored to Come to Xbox One.
According to a Konami representative:
“The aim of this reform has been to guarantee that, in the quickly-changing digital entertainment industry where new game designs and platforms constantly alter the market environment, we can accurately observe new customer demands and market trends, and apply our long-established technology and know-how quickly and effectively with a range of targeted responses. The reorganization process has entailed re-positioning our production studios, shifting our game development to a more centralized production division system. Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain director Hideo Kojima and his team members are hard at work in the new production division system, bringing the game ever closer to completion.”
That’s all you’re going to get about the Kojima issue. That last little bit. So, don’t expect any clarification to the whole Kojima leaving Konami questions out of this, they are not forthcoming. But that’s the general gist of it all. Yes, they will continue to make console games. The restructuring was made to centralize things. No, they aren’t saying anything about Kojima’s future there. Oh, and they’re sorry.