Konami has been surrounded by a tornado of allegations as of late. One major allegation was the publishers departure from the Triple-A game development sector of the games industry. You can read the story HERE. According to reports, Konami was going to publish their PES Soccer series, and nothing else was planned beyond mobile games. To fuel such talk was the sudden departure of Julien Merceron, he was the lead behind the Fox Engine. The game engine that powered Metal Gear Solid V.
Konami has responded, and is now claiming that this is simply a rumor. Below is a screenshot of a press statement sent out to address this issue. Claiming that a new Metal Gear, Silent Hill, and even Castlevania game is still being worked on for the current gen consoles. Only time will tell if what was said today is true, or simply a public relations move. What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments.
The minds behind the surprise hit Rocket League, Psyonix, announced today that after hitting its August milestone of 1 million units sold on Steam, Rocket League second DLC Pack, “Revenge of The Battle Cars,” will release in October.
The upcoming DLC pack will feature the “Scarab” and “Zippy,” two vehicles from Rocket League’s predecessor. Which was called, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (SARPBC).
The Complete Revenge of the Battle-Cars DLC Pack Includes:
2 New Classic SARPBC Cars (Scarab and Zippy)
12 New Decals (Six for Each New Car)
3 New Paint Types (Toon Glossy, Toon Matte, Toon Wood)
2 New Wheels (Scarab and Zippy)
2 New Rocket Boosts (Accelerato and Battle-Stars)
4 New Toppers (Cavalier, Locomotive, Pixelated Shades, Shark Fin)
2 New Antennas (Retro Balls from the Original Game)
New Trophies (PS4) and Achievements (Steam)
The title, and DLC will be available on both Steam and PlayStation 4 platforms. Revenge of the Battle Cars will retail for $3.99 USD. Are you still playing Rocket League? Let me know in the comments!
A report has come out that Konami has ceased all Triple-A game production. With the one exception of the Pro Evolution Soccer series. At this time, Metal Gear Solid has no plans for any sequel on PC or any major console platform. This follows the sudden departure of Julien Merceron, who was Konami’s worldwide technical director. The French website Gameblog reports that one of the reasons for Merceron’s departure was Konami’s sudden focus on the mobile games market.
This report has not been confirmed by Konami, and will update if any changes in the story happen.
This departure is coming right after the very public departure of famed game director Hideo Kojima. Creator of the Metal Gear Solid series. Metal Gear Solid 5 will be the last game directed by him, and according to reports there is no Triple-A Metal Gear title in the works. Konami does retain the sports branding license for at least one more Pro Evolution Soccer title using real leagues, and club teams. Which has been reported that they will honor with at least one more Pro Evolution Soccer title on the consoles.
Konami in the last few months has been under fire by the gaming community, and some business groups for their sudden shift in direction. The Nikkei recently did a report on the strict work environment Konami has created for employees. This has not deterred the leadership at Konami, and profits for the last quarter were up. Especially in their mobile games division.
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