Konami, the Japanese publisher best known for the Metal Gear Solid series, has revealed their plans to work on more globally recognised console IP’s in the future.
During an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Konami Europe president, Masami Saso discussed the continued improvement in console hardware, along with their intention to work on projects with more global outreach, saying…
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. We also plan to increase our portfolio. 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.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Konami’s founding, a major feat for any company in the industry. Saso believes “creating new ideas & IP’s” to be the legacy of Konami, allowing the publisher to stay relevant in an ever-evolving industry. Along with creating these new IP’s, Konami also has the popular annual Pro Evolution Soccer franchise, described as the “backbone” of the companies success, in the article embedded above.
So, what “globally known” IP could Konami be working on? It’s possible that this is a tease, leading to a big reveal at Tokyo Games Show later this month. A move away for Metal Gear Solid may be wise, as ever since the separation of Konami & Hideo Kojima, the publisher has struggled with the franchise, failing to impress with their first independent MGS game, Metal Gear Survive. Hopefully we won’t have long to wait to find out what the publisher has under its sleeve.
Konami’s latest release, Yo-Gi-Oh! Legacy Of The Duelist: Link Evolution is available on Nintendo Switch.