According to a report from Gameblog confirmed by Eurogamer, Konami is moving away from AAA gaming entirely, instead focusing on mobile gaming and pachinko machines. The only franchise they have planned to continue developing is the PES soccer franchise.
This comes after news of worldwide director of technology for Konami Julien Merceron departing the company yesterday. Though neither party has made the terms clear, IGN reported sources saying that it was due to the Fox Engine, a project of Merceron’s that helped power the recent Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, being put to the side.
Many speculated this was due to a foreshadowed shift in Konami’s strategy into mobile gaming and pachinko products, and Gameblog now reports that speculation is accurate. No word yet from Konami on whether this shift in the company’s outlook is true, but given the cancellation of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills and the fallout with Kojima surrounding The Phantom Pain’s release, it would not be surprising to see the games publisher step back from AAA development.