Konami Isn’t Done with AAA Development…No, Seriously!

Look, we’ve heard this protest before. There were rumors recently that Konami was walking away from AAA development for consoles with one exception (Pro Evolution Soccer) and with all the troubles coming out of the company, the rumor didn’t surprise anyone and was quickly established as fact (aside from any official statement).

The report came out of the news that Julien Merceron, the company’s worldwide technology director, had left—and it seemed like other sites had done their due diligence to give the rumor some teeth. Merceron wasn’t the first to walk away, giving gaming bloggers enough evidence to assume that Konami was changing its operations in relation to gaming.

And, for that matter, they don’t have any notable releases on the horizon. But now, as it did earlier in the year, Konami has released a second official statement denying any reports of walking away from triple-A gaming development:

“I can promise you that we’re definitely not leaving Metal Gear behind or anything like that. I know some blogs were claiming that online this morning, but I’m not really sure where they’d be getting that from.

We’re still definitely working on console games and franchises such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, PES and all the rest.”

In fact, it looks as though Konami is bringing new staff on board for a brand new Metal Gear title, despite lacking assistance from series creator Hideo Kojima who is thought to no longer be associated with the company.

Which statements are true, and which are hot air? Who knows. We’ll keep you posted.


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