Konami calls it quits on AAA console video games, studies say
Konami is shutting down a lot of its AAA console-recreation improvement for the foreseeable future, in response to a report on French website Gameblog (as translated by Eurogamer). The one two franchises on Konami’s AAA plate are Metallic Gear On-line and Professional Evolution Soccer 2016. In any other case, there are not any plans to develop further Metallic Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania or different AAA video games at Konami, the location says. A further report on Gameblog claims that Konami Worldwide Technical Director and head of the studio’s Fox Engine, Julien Merceron, has left the corporate. We have reached out to Konami for clarification. These stories play into current rumblings of unrest at Konami and a shift towards cellular-recreation improvement, following a collection of strange occasions on the studio.
One of many first indicators of turmoil at Konami got here when it canceled Silent Hills, a recreation that acquired a ton of constructive hype after the discharge of its teaser, PT, in 2014. It was a collaboration between famed horror-film director Guillermo del Toro and Metallic Gear creator Hideo Kojima, starring The Strolling Lifeless‘s Norman Reedus. Konami by no means formally introduced the cancelation, although del Toro and Reedus have each stated it is canned.
Second, Kojima himself seems to be on the outs at Konami and he is anticipated to chop ties with the studio now that Metallic Gear Strong V: The Phantom Ache is out. Kojima’s identify was faraway from the field artwork for Metallic Gear Strong V together with the brand for his studio, Kojima Productions. Plus, it appears that evidently Metallic Gear Strong V was initially meant to embrace a 3rd chapter and extra content material basically. Konami has just lately pledged to give attention to cellular improvement, which ties into the “no extra AAA” stories this week.
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