Yesterday we heard reports coming out of French website Gameblog about the departure of Julien Merceron, who oversaw the development of the Fox Engine, from the company. The same website has a new report saying that Konami are now out of the Triple-A gaming scene.
That means, no more Metal Gear, no more Silent Hill, and no more Castlevania, at least for hardcore audences. Expect plenty of pachinko machines and microtransaction-ridden mobile titles in the future though.
This is excluding Pro Evolution Soccer however, as that remains a highly profitable title despite Fifa’s market dominance worldwide, though that is a series that has been loosing footing for some time now. This also won’t affect the development of Metal Gear Online set to launch on October 6th for console and January 2016 for PC.
These reports originally came out several months ago, through an anonymous source of Youtuber Super Bunnyhop, and since then all the pieces have just been falling into place, all but confirming this. It is also one of the main reasons, according to yesterdays report, that Merceron left the company.
Most likely the company will continue its efforts in mobile gaming and what are totally not gambling machines (*cough*). In May, Konami President Hideki Hayakawa said that the company won’t just focus on Mobile development saying, “Our aim is to continue to build up a comprehensive portfolio of console, arcade, and card game titles for each IP.” But seriously. At this stage who believes him?
With everything that has been going on in the last few months, it is hard not to see that Konami are in the middle of some drastic changes, and Merceron is likely not the last (assuming he is even the first) to leave due to this, and many jobs will be lost. This includes Hideo Kojima.