Reports claim Julien Merceron (Fox Engine overseer) has quit Konami

Gameblog reports that Julien Merceron, worldwide technology director at Konami, has quit the company. Apparently this has also been confirmed to IGN by ‘independent sources’.

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Merceron joined the company in 2013 and worked on the FOX Engine used for both Metal Gear Solid V and Pro Evolution Soccer.

According to Gameblog his departure could be related to Konami’s recent plans to focus on mobile gaming.

Source: Gameblog, IGN

  • Raven_Sorrow

    I hope they choke on those mobiles…

    • Xeraf

      like they already choked on DEEZ NUTS? :^)

  • Calm Breez

    I hope Kojima productions stick together and start fresh. That feeling of starting over for a squad like them should be something to look forward to.

    • Danny Patten

      I think Kojima will make a movie with Del Torro.
      The next thing we will see form him, will be a twisted horror movie or something like that.

  • 6god

    I pretty much had the slimmest amount of hope ever for the 3rd chapter being added to the game but now that’s the nail in the coffin 🙁

    • Automata Snake

      I felt the same after reading that article. I was just hoping for Mission 51, but this just confirms that this feud is not some stunt or trolling by Kojima/Konami, it’s real. Kojima will leave Konami and sadly the MG franchise.

      • Max Levi

        Than he really played you like… you know))) All according to plan)

        • PhantomSnake

          Yep damn fiddles, Konami and their damn fiddles.

    • OcelotSilver

      It’s your fault for being hyped up about something that hasn’t been confirmed by anyone other than the person who originally posted that .

      • 6god

        That seems to passive aggresive so I will just smile and wave.

  • FOXHOUND

    My friends I’m sorry to say this but I’m disappointed of how the story of this mgs is soo out of place n didn’t solve the missing pieces to the puzzle WHY and how this happened after so much love for Metal Gear

    • kirtanloorii

      I feel you.

    • John Saladin

      I already knew the twist because of the trailers and ground zeroes last cutscene but ive realy expected something much much better than this i totaly feel your phantom pain … In the end kojima realy made us feel the phantom pain … Ironic isnt it ?

      • Danny Patten

        Maybe that’s what he was going for? Breaking the 4th wall like this would actually be quite genius.

        • John Saladin

          And still ive expected more than just 1 munite of cutscene in the second unfinished half of the game to fill the gap …. Ive expected the whole game to fill this gap …. Or at least half of it … A 1 minute cutscene does not satisfy me

          • Danny Patten

            Totally understand. I like to think that there was a lot of poop flinging behind the scenes.

    • Ardens Anima

      I’m satisfied with it.
      To each their own, though. 🙂

    • stocchinet .

      My only complain is that the plague of the “i don’t understand it” will endure a lot among the fanbase, like Mgs2 15 years after is a masterpiece, but at the moment was bullshit, the same with V

      • John Saladin

        Its actualy not that complex its just short and simple at the same time … Nothing compareble to mgs2

  • FOXHOUND

    It’s not over yet

  • Alex Lopez Manriquez

    He´ll join his old buddy Joakim Molgren and will develop the XOF Engine

  • Javier

    And now they are killing the future of the engine.

    How many times did you die in this episode? (extreme).

    • JoJo

      In order to clear the mission for the first time I just completely avoided them and headed straight for Code Talker. A bit cheap, but I’ll be going back to S Rank every mission soon.

      • Javier

        Oh, I didn’t knew that.

        • What rifle are you using? That can make the difference

          • Javier

            First I was using the tranq but then I changed to the one in the picture. I don’t remember the name. It’s very powerfull and can’t use supressor.

          • Ralexion

            Brennan something I believe, the high powered rifle.

        • PhantomSnake

          Or you can use the serval

      • IM2PAC

        I managed to avoid them in very encounter except traitors caravan but I’m gonna try it on extreme difficulty lol

      • Preston M Simpson

        I still haven’t killed them yet. I always avoid those women…

    • kirtanloorii

      DD spots them. I pop their heads like watermelons.

      • Javier

        Until one of them kill dd with the knife.

    • BurntFM

      I actually had a lot of fun with this encounter. I’m a little bias since one of my favorite boss fights was The End and recently Quiet. I channeled my inner Naked Snake and took them out with the Tranq Sniper Rifle to some soothing background music.(Snake Eater)

    • J_muse72

      Once my friend..and without Quiet.

      • Javier

        Yeah, I don’t have quiet.

    • FoxTamerMGO

      Once.. i crawled all the way past them.. didn’t have the courage to face them :,(

      • korruption

        There there, sir.

        • Xeraf

          what? It’ll make extraction part of this mission hella easy. Not forced into shoot out with gunship+tank+platoon, and can just JOHN CENA all those puppet soldiers.

    • stocchinet .

      I completaly avoided them, so never, but a thing i can’t understand, i know about all the “archaea” thing, but how in the hell they can spawn their weapons from the hands? it’s like they are using some sort of mistic portal or something, the same for the roks they trows at you with telekinesis

      • Javier

        If they are supposed to be bosses there has to be a little presentation and a little dialogue to explain something. “Oh snake, I was waiting this moment because I was made in a laboratory just for fight against you”. I hate the rocks thing.

    • Danny Patten

      I used the brennan and just went for shots. Not even particular headshots.
      Went pretty easy. There is a location where they can’t shoot you because you crawl behind a rock and you can actually rob around freely and look through your scope and shoot without them seeing you for a few secs.
      If I’m back in the game I’ll make a screeny of the location.

      • Javier

        I killed 3 from the location in the picture, basically, the first rock you have for cover. And from that place I died a lot. For the last one I had to move. I didn’t dare to crawl.

    • korruption

      I rather enjoyed that mission on the regular difficulty, I will never attempt it in extreme though. Nope nope! Quiet gave me more than enough trouble in extreme and I pussied out and used a tank.

      • Javier

        But you have to finish all the missions. In order to go for the 100%.

        • korruption

          I’m not a completionist so I don’t care.

          • Alex Lopez Manriquez

            I was using the Butterfly to avoid loose quiet , I change it and BAM! Quiet is lost bla bla, and Damm I was hope to do all side missions with her, but NO I do mission 45 and She´s gone for good. that really piss me off more than the “truth” . I do missions 1-48 , find paz , only 1 platform left to complete MB and 87 side ops. but suddenly lost desire for continue. the game is great like no other, yes both areas are not bigger than farcry 4 map. the lack of “local people” you know at least a few towns with inocent people among soldiers to had care of not killing by mistake or protect. and the BOMB of mission 51,I admit that after Eli taking the MG,the extreme Sehalantropus will be the Eli controled. then I saw the DVD. I´ll move on for now . if in the future is no a game+ DLC. I´ll do the REAL replay. erase all data and start from Zero!! because this game is that good!! PLUS THE FANART I DID BEFORE RELEASE PREDICT GAME STORY AND CONTENT. weird

          • korruption

            That was one time I was actually glad I read a spoiler, I’ve had the butterfly emblem and a backup save ever since. =D

    • Alex Lopez Manriquez

      I died like 10 times , I can spot 3 and bomb them with sleeping gas, the 4th was a biatch so I use quiet to spot her not attack she might die , she was ahead on a cliff and bomb her ass off , yep i use air support ,SUE ME GAME, SUE ME!!

      • Javier

        I used air support (far away) and died.

  • bunnyfreakz

    This is really stupid decision to focus on mobile. Mobile is already saturated as hell, we dont need another big company try to get into into market. And big name doesnt mean anything in mobile, EA have more than 100 games on mobile and have less revenue than SuperCell with just 3-4 games. Honestly at this point I want slap entire Konami CEO and board member, If mobile games is just their secondary I am ok but completely change direction to mobile will become a biggest blunder thats will lead to bankrupt. Konami should stick developed AAA games, form a new team to develop new Castlevania or new IP. CDPR and Rocksteady already become good example, develop a good game and people will buy the hell out of it

  • FoxTamerMGO

    What does “Overseer” mean?

    • MK_Madness

      The person that keeps everything in check.

  • IM2PAC

    I feel like doing something really really horrible to konamis new CEO while listening “turn down for what” and telling him ” I’m not gonna kill your but I’m gonna hurt you really really bad”

  • Stuart

    Good they don’t deserve talented people if they are going to focus on third rate, money bleeding games. fingeres crossed he Kojima gets his own Studio and takes all the talented staff away from Konami

  • Gatsu

    I hope he finds some better place.
    If only could have seen Silent Hills released before all this happened.

    • Mr.Pony

      What if Kojima went like “Hey I’m doing a rip-off of your game and I will call it “Silent-Hillz” “

      • hunner

        Starring Norman Reeduz

      • Mr. Sir Shpee

        Is that the gangsta rap version of it featuring Snoop Dogg and produced by Dr. Dre?

  • VFox

    Its starting…. *Grabs Popcorn 🙂

  • Gatsu

    Oh my god…DR3 coming and it’s for PS3/PS4. I’m so happy <(^O^<) !

    Any other Danganronpa fans here :3 ? Monokuma ftw!

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  • Greyfox98

    I just cant imagine the reasons for these decisions by konami

  • PrinceHeir

    That sucks! Waste of new engine 🙁

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