Rumor: Director In Charge Of Overseeing Fox Engine Development Has Left Konami
Sigh. Here we go with more news from the depression factory, formally known as Konami.
Julien Merceron, Konami’s Worldwide technology director who was in charge of directing the production of Hideo Kojima’s Fox Engine, has departed from the company according to Gameblog and Eurogamer, who also broke the news that Konami may not be in the AAA market anymore. The reason for his sudden departure is not available as of yet, but with everything else that’s been going on, it’s not hard to guess. The Fox Engine which was used to create not only the incredible world of Metal Gear Solid V, but also that of the now defunct P.T./Silent Hills, is one of the most incredible engines I’ve had the pleasure of playing in for a while, and this new departure is just another nail in the now mostly-nails coffin of this whole ordeal.
Gamespot points out how unusual it is for a director to leave in such a short window after a major launch (that of MGSV: The Phantom Pain a few weeks ago), but very little about this whole… thing has been usual. It’s rare to see a major company seemingly tear itself apart like this, especially one with such a pedigree as Konami, but here we are.
Gamespot has reached out to Konami for comment, and we’ll update this post when or if they respond.