Has Konami dropped all AAA development?

Despite the ridiculous, runaway success of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, reports have surfaced that Konami is stopping all AAA developments, with the exception of Pro Evolution Soccer.

The story first popped up on French website GameBlog, stating that Konami currently has no AAA games in development, and has not hired any new staff since March.

In case you missed it, this means there are no plans for any new Metal Gear or Silent Hill games, despite the studio promising us both over the past year or so. (Metal Gear Online is an obvious exception, still set to launch on October 6.)

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima left Konami earlier this year, dissolving his studio Kojima Productions after a falling out with the publisher over big-budget AAA productions (The Phantom Pain cost an alleged $80m). More recently, Julien Merceron, worldwide technology director also left, apparently unhappy with how the studio was transitioning towards mobile games and away from the console market.

These stories – plus a report in Japanese newspaper Nikkei that highlighted the crumbling company culture within the studio and the company’s delisting from the New York stock exchange – suggest that Konami as we know it is probably no more, ending an impressive chapter in video game development.

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