Don't know why no one has posted this yet, but here goes.
Konami's European President Masami Saso has recently re-committed to AAA game development and publishing in an article on gamesindustry.biz:
"Even with new platforms coming out, we believe high-end console games are the most important. 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."
Hmm... ...what is motivating this shift back from their post-Kojima "PachinKonami" strategy which earned them record revenues, I wonder? I'm sure it has nothing to do with Japan's crackdown on Pachinko machines which started last year:
The rules, aimed at curbing gambling addiction, are part of a policy barter that helped legalize casinos in 2016 despite widespread opposition. Japan passed regulations on casino developments last week, including those on gambling addiction.
The new anti-addiction rules call for pachinko machines to reduce payouts. That means players win and lose money more slowly - and will perhaps find the game less exciting and addictive.
Pachinko halls are required to comply in the next three years. Owners like Suzuki worry not only about the cost of replacing machines, but that regulars will find the new games too dull.
Nope, not related at all.
Anyway, I suppose we can finally look forward to "Metal Gear Solid VI: No Kojima, No Problem" soon. Time to restart the hype machine.