Those holding out hope for more big budget Metal Gear Solid games following the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are likely going to be disappointed, as a new report claims Konami is withdrawing from triple-A console development for all of its franchises except Pro Evolution Soccer.
Just yesterday we heard FOX Engine director Julien Merceron is parting ways with Konami, and now, in a follow-up report from Gameblog (via Eurogamer), it appears the Japanese publisher is scaling back console game development even further. So, if you were anticipating a big budget Metal Gear Solid 6, you're almost certainly out of luck.
The publisher has no plans to make a new triple-A entry in Hideo Kojima's beloved stealth-action series, as Konami goes all in on PES and little else. With earlier reports of Kojima's imminent departure, as well as the company's shift to mobile game development and other pursuits, this shouldn't come as all too much of a surprise. At least we still have Metal Gear Online to look forward to, right?
That said, it sucks. It really, really sucks to think we'll never get another full-scale Metal Gear Solid game. As a longtime fan of the series, it's sad to see it come to an end, but if Hideo Kojima is no longer attached, it's probably for the best anyway.
What do you make of Konami's shift further and further away from console game development? The bulk of its revenue comes from mobile games these days, so it's hard to fault a business for chasing profits, but it's still sad to think the company that brought us incredible franchises like Castlevania, Contra, and Metal Gear, is rapidly becoming irrelevant to hardcore gamers.
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