Konami Returns to Third Party Publishing on Consoles and PC

Published: June 3, 2020 11:30 AM /



Konami is a publisher that wasn't really publishing video games anymore... until now, at least. In an article with MCV/Develop, Richard Jones, senior brand and business development manager at Konami, said that the publisher is "open for business." The full quote is below:

“We are open for business, we are looking for exciting and innovative titles of varying scale. And we’re really excited by this new programme. We can’t wait to show everyone where we’re going with it,” said Konami’s Richard Jones, senior brand and business development manager.

Interestingly, this announcement comes just as Skelattack was published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. yesterday, which is described as a "fun action platformer" where players play as Scully, a newly deceased skeleton, who has to save the Underworld from humans. It doesn't seem to be doing well so far, with only three reviews on Steam and a peak of 12 players at the time of publishing. 

Still, Jones had a lot more to say on what Konami is planning to do as a publisher:

“The primary objective of this programme is to bulk out our portfolio. And it is to bulk it out with exciting and diverse games, and specifically games that are targeting the western market as well.

“The idea is to diversify the portfolio. So we’re looking to work with external studios of all sizes, up to double-A and beyond at some point,” said Jones.

Right now, there are different teams looking for different games. There's management in Europe, US, and Japan that all have different ideas as to how their "international release schedule", so it's definitely clear that this push is something that Konami wishes to do worldwide, not just in their home country of Japan.

For more information, be sure to check out the article.

Thanks, MCV/Develop.

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