It's an unpopular opinion with us traditional gaming enthusiasts but honestly they might be right. Consider that from a global perspective the big markets for console games are Europe, Japan, and NA. That leaves several markets available who have phones. People are growing increasingly familiar with phones as well, many kids play games on them rather than dedicated gaming devices. The rate of iteration is also typically much higher for mobile device technology than it is for consoles. By the end of the PS4's lifespan it wouldn't surprise me if the new phones of the day were capable of outperforming it. Phones, like PCs, like consoles are just devices. There isn't anything inherent with them as far as making games for them any more. In the event everything did go mobile or PC controllers would still be around and games would still be developed with them in mind.
I doubt Konami is thinking this far ahead though. The only reason they are coming to this conclusion is that they have bungled nearly every good aspect of their traditional gaming portfolio.
As red as the mobile market ocean is, though, I can't help but be reminded of Atari's development strategy in the early 80s, which was to make as many games as possible as quickly as possible and hope that something stuck--and we know how that turned out.
Five years ago it wouldn't have been surprising to see Konami say that "Facebook is where the future of gaming lies" (since that's what a ton of people were saying five years ago), and today no one says that. I don't doubt that consoles as we know them will either go away or radically change within the next fifteen years, but since the NES, traditional console and PC games have been the only type of game product that's been stable in drawing people in.
I really strongly hope that Kojima's next project isn't anything like Metal Gear. He has been claiming to want to finish the series for years, and I have been wanting to see what else he was capable of when he put as much effort into it as he does those games... with all of the disappointment over Silent Hills being cancelled, I'd love to see him give a middle finger to Konami and just start up a new horror project with Del Toro. They'd have to start over using Unreal 4, or whatever, but it'd be worth it!
I get the feeling that Kojima might not have to go the Kickstarter route. I think a lot of publishers would be eager to have "A Hideo Kojima Game" on their box. Hopefully he ends up with his own studio again and many of his staff from Konami follow him there. This is a man who needs much more than the $5 million he could raise from a Kickstarter to make his visions a reality.
As for Konami... yeah, I saw the writing on the wall. So now it's confirmed. The game industry is changing, and there's going to be some casualties. After losing Sega, I can handle losing any other publisher with the exception of Nintendo. I'll literally cry man tears the day they abandon traditional gaming or start to suck in some other way.
@Hinph I think the worst possible future for Nintendo is that they go pure mobile and pure PC, if what everyone keeps saying is true and console will die and Windows will become the one platform to rule them all. Lots of gamers would actually be happy about that, maybe even the majority.
Not that I personally believe consoles are dying but I literally hear that idea every single day and it seems to be practically universally accepted as an inevitable truth, today it was on Epic Name Bro's new podcast. Consoles are doomed, PC will take over, just a matter of time.
I still think mobile is an entirely different demographic... with some crossover, of course. It's true that most people who casually play games here and there are probably satisfied doing so with the little time wasters on their phones, and that's great. There will always be an entirely different demographic that demands richer, deeper experiences though. We'll keep getting them one way or another, even if we have to keep doing the crowd funding thing and the old giant publishers are replaced by new, smaller companies. Considering their behavior the last couple generations, maybe that's just what we need.
I think we, as gamers, might have to learn to let go of the insanely polished visuals that keep making games more and more expensive though. It just isn't sustainable. I think the greatest era for games was the 90's and early 00's. You had relatively small teams making creative, fun, decent looking software on a reasonable budget. That's sort of the mentality that indie games are bringing back, and I think that's fantastic.
They'd have to start over using Unreal 4, or whatever, but it'd be worth it!
Oh yeah, that's a good point--does Kojima get to keep the Fox Engine? And, like, is Kojima Productions even a thing anymore, or has it been completely dissolved now that Konami isn't working with it? Because they owned it, right? Do we even know?
Gaming make NinSage so sad these days. I couldn't care less if a game is also on mobile or competitor hardware or the Atari Lynx; however, it's disheartening to see energy shifting away from the platforms I prefer.
Mobile is the future of cheap throwaway gaming, maybe, or the future of a quick buck, but of true, original classic gaming? Ha. Konami, you disgust me. Of course, I disgust me. But that's beside the point.