In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Konami Europe president Masami Saso revealed that the company is working on a number of unannounced projects with well-known IPs.
Konami has released a sprinkling of console titles into the wild, including Metal Gear Solid V and its spin offs, Super Bomberman R, Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links and Pro Evolution Soccer, and it continues to show impressive growth year-on-year. A successful run on mobile platforms has been the primary reason for this, but Saso credits Konami’s fundamental tenet of adaptability.
‘The devices to play games has diversified, and the number of people who have the chance to play games has increased,’ Saso said. ‘It is a part of our legacy to create new ideas and IPs to fit each age, and we believe that spirit is one of the reasons for our strength in the mobile game market.’ But, this isn’t to say that it’s left console releases in the past.
‘Even with new platforms coming out, we believe high-end console games are the most important. We challenge for innovative ideas and technology within our console games and apply them to other devices, so we will continue to put effort into our console games,’ Saso stated. ‘In addition to the multi-device titles for PES and Yu-Gi-Oh, we plan to work on projects with other globally known IPs in the near future.’
He added, ‘our extensive experience in creating games for many devices is a strength we have at Konami like no other.’ Konami is also interested in esports, as evidenced from the rebrand for PES, and it is building an esports studio in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The studio will host tournaments, like it did with the PES League World Finals and Yu-Gi-Oh World Championship, and will hold classes for esport hopefuls.
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