In a recent interview with Game on Daily, Konami UK Community Manager Graham Day talked about claims that Konami is still committed to AAA titles and the Metal Gear Solid franchise and “don’t believe anything you read in the press.”
Game On Daily asked if the Metal Gear Solid franchise could continue without Hideo Kojima to which he replied…
“Yeah, course it can. Metal Gear is about the story, it’s about the characters.”
He also noted that Platinum Games worked on Metal Gear Solid Rising and didn’t have any connection to Kojima Productions at all. Stating..
“That was an example of the title being taken in a new direction by separate teams with obviously hands-in from other parties, and that was in itself a very, very good game as well, and that was obviously led by a completely different team.”
The comment about not believing everything you read in the press comes from the recent rumors that Konami will stop working on AAA titles with the exception of Pro Evolution Soccer and focus primarily on mobile games. To which Graham Day replied..
“Things have been taken out of context but that’s never changed. Just because mobile gaming has been embraced, that doesn’t mean everything else has to quit. Konami has a history of making the best games around and that is something that will continue. That won’t change anything going forward. So people should believe in Konami, and if I was to use a tagline, PES 2016’s tagline is ‘Love the past, play the future.’ And that is there for a reason. The future isn’t ending now. The future has a long, long way.”