Konami AAA Console Game Development Ending, Save for PES
Could Metal Gear Solid 5 be Konami's final big-budget game? Eurogamer reports that the publisher is stripping back AAA development on everything except Pro Evolution Soccer.
Today, Gameblog reports that despite Konami’s insistence that the Metal Gear series will continue without creator Hideo Kojima, the publisher has no plans to pursue it.
Other sites such as Eurogamer have since corroborated the reports. For Merceron, who oversaw the Fox Engine, the report says he grew unhappy with Konami’s shift from console development to mobile.
Kojima's name vanished from Metal Gear Solid 5 marketing materials and box art. While rumours of a rift between Konami and Kojima remain purely speculative, it's been a bumpy year for the company.
Metal Gear Online development will also continue. Konami has apparently decided to focus all its efforts on mobile platforms going forward, a fact that has been rumored before.
For a complete look at the publisher’s reported conflicts with Kojima and shift away from traditional development, you can read a feature that appeared in a recent issue of Game Informer.
Though the company’s future isn’t in jeopardy due to their Pachinko business, as a gaming entity, it may be safe to say that Konami’s days are done.
At least their exit from console gaming ends on a high with the positive feedback the latest Metal Gear has been getting.
“No new Metal Gear is actually being prepared at any level whatsoever,” Gameblog says through Google Translate.
Gameblog, which first reported the departure of Julien Merceron, shared news from internal sources about the change. http://demanjo.com/news/technology/5...e-for-pes.html