We still don't know what's happening at Konami

Konami has denied claims that it is no longer making triple A games, just days after nasty rumours started circulating. We’d heard stories that other than Pro Evolution Soccer, the studio would concentrate on mobile games, but it seems the developers have other plans.


Still confused.

The update comes from fansite Nintendo Life, who managed to get a response from the publisher:

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.

The rumour started following the departure of Julien Merceron, worldwide technology director, who is the latest in a long list of talent who has left the company. Obviously the biggest name to have jumped ship is Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, who has announced he will not be involved in any future games in the series.

We’re not sure then if it’s good or bad news that Konami is “still definitely working on” console games and franchises including classic Kojima creations Metal Gear and Silent Hill – without the great man himself.

It’s worth noting that the seemingly-official statement has not come from a carefully choreographed PR team, instead popping up from Konami Customer Support.

However, PR has already spoken on the matter, seemingly confirming that Konami has shifted focus somewhat, now working to “build up a comprehensive portfolio of console, arcade and card game titles”, which involves making “the best possible use” of the ubiquitous mobile devices we all carry around.

Right now it looks like a bit he-said / she-said, and we’re not even sure what the best outcome really is. Do we actually want Metal Gear without Kojima? Should Konami bow out quietly? Who knows!

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