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Rumor: Konami Backing Out of AAA Game Development

September 18, 2015 / 12:30 PM

By: Matthew Williams


At a previous job of mine, I had a coworker who offered some wise career advice that I’ll never forget: “If you are going to burn bridges, make sure to nuke them.” While I can’t attest to ever causing that degree of professional catastrophe, I’m sure Konami can.

In the latest of its professional blunders, comes the publisher’s reported decision to cut out a majority of their development for console games. The fragment of AAA development that remains is for the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The report originally comes from an article entry on the French gaming site, Gameblog.

Due to the recent departure of Julien Merceron (Worldwide Technology Director, Konami), sources believe that the publisher’s decision to shift its focus toward developing mobile games is the reason for the employee’s departure. This decision is rather counter-intuitive, seeing as how the publisher recently released a user survey asking fans which classic game series they should revive. There goes any hope of seeing my favorite series (Mystical Ninja) back in action anytime soon.

Bravo Konami – you’ve taken professional relationships and customer loyalty that took decades to build, and nuked it entirely within the course of a year. If your goal is to dissuade people from buying your games, you have at least succeeded at that.

About the author /

Matthew, a graduate from Texas Christian University, now works as a Senior Digital Analytics Consultant for Ernst & Young. With a passion for video games (mostly retro and survival horror) and data, Matthew is pursuing a career in game analytics.

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