Konami has revealed its line-up for this year’s Tokyo Game Show and it looks like slim pickings for those expecting more from the company. It seems as though the business will treat fans to more Metal Gear and a continued emphasis on mobile platforms in the coming year. In fact, mobile and online gaming looks like the name of the game for TGS 2015.
Metal Gear is the only AAA title Konami has going for it right now, so we’ll take what we can get considering the year the company has had. The powerful publisher voluntarily delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange earlier this year and also parted ways with Hideo Kojima, director of Metal Gear Solid and one of the company’s highest-profile developers.
Konami recently made headlines with the expansion of some of its top-tier titles to casual markets, like pachinko parlors and casino slot machines. The publisher has drastically shifted its focus from developing big-name console titles to converting some of its most beloved and recognisable franchises for casual gamers. This has led to the development of pachinko-style machines based on classic series including Castlevania, Silent Hill and Frogger.
Earlier this year, the company announced it was taking on Dungeons & Dragons with another new video slot machine. And it’s not just casino-goers that get to try their hand with the new game, because D&D has also expanded to this gaming hub for those who can’t swing a trip to Vegas to try their luck. Your odds might be about as good as actually trying to guess what you’ll role on a 20-sided die, but the element of chance has always been half the fun of D&D. The platform is definitely doubling down on online-gamers and will also take a second stab at developing an online community for the one high-profile game the company seems to still care about, Metal Gear Solid.
Word has it that Konami will make a renewed push for Metal Gear Online following the positive response to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The original Metal Gear Online was released in conjunction with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. However, it abruptly ended with the termination of its servers in 2012 after being plagued by cheating and DDoS attacks. Here’s hoping that Konami has fixed most of these problems for the game’s second go-around.
The publisher has also announced that it will present two new mobile games with playable demos available for Jikkyou Power Pro Yakyuu (a mobile baseball title) and Pro Evolution Soccer Club Manager, in addition to Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. Both titles will be available for iOS and Android. The former will likely never make its way to Western audiences and the latter just feels redundant, particularly with FIFA 16 being released later this fall.
Konami’s schedule for TGS is lackluster to say the least and the dearth of available titles brings up some big questions as to the state of the company in 2016. Things aren’t looking good for the once-proud publisher, but at least we’ll always have Metal Gear.
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