Julien Merceron talks about working with Hideo Kojima

Julien Merceron, who worked as Worldwide Technology Director for Konami on the FOX Engine, talked a bit about his experiences working with Kojima during a video game master class held in Paris. Website DualShockers reported on the event.

In March of this year, an argument between Kojima and Konami’s management resulted in a change of employee status for Kojima, among many other things. But despite these circumstances, Kojima kept working on the game as he did before. DualShockers writes:

According to Merceron, Kojima-san did not change his way of working. He didn’t change anything at all, and behaved like before. Merceron can’t imagine how Kojima-san was able to cope with the situation, but he was really strong. He gave his team a feeling of confidence to go on and finish the project.


After he started working for Konami, Merceron was really surprised by how much of the work Kojima actually does himself, and how much expertise he has. DualShockers reports:

Merceron didn’t really know what to expect from Hideo Kojima, as he knew him just as a friend. Since he did a lot of public relations and marketing, Merceron thought that maybe he was like a figurehead, with a lot of underlings doing everything from him, like game design and narrative design.

When they started to work together, Merceron was absolutely amazed. Kojima-san takes care of everything himself. He does marketing, Creativity on P.T “from A to Z,” the same with Metal Gear, he worked on the game design and on the story. Something not many know is that after Metal Gear Solid 4 was finished and work on Fox Engine started Kojima-san was among those who designed the technology. He’s a true technology enthusiast, and he wanted an engine that could represent him and that allowed him to deliver the experiences he aspired to create.

At first Merceron thought he would have to talk to Kojima-san in very simple terms, but that wasn’t the case at all. Kojima-san was beyond his expectations in everything: in the ideas he had, in his passion for his work, in his knowledge of technology, and even more so in his mastery of his vision. According to Merceron, he has never met anyone else who knows exactly how his game is going to look like before even seeing it.

Like several other important staff members who worked on the Metal Gear series in general, and The Phantom Pain in particular, Merceron no longer works at Konami, he is currently employed at Bandai Namco instead. As DualShockers concludes:

Merceron hoped to continue working with Kojima-san for years at Konami, also on other franchises. He hoped to revive Silent Hill and more. Without Kojima-san there might be others in his place, but it won’t be the same. He was the one who brought Merceron to the company, so he could not stay at Konami after the creator of Metal Gear Solid had left.

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Source: DualShockers (1,2)

  • Spectralbuttplug

    Nyxus is love nyxus is life

    • Gatsu


  • FMercenary

    “At first Merceron thought he would have to talk to Kojima-san in very simple terms”

    Kojima’s response, to Merceron, when he busted out the complex terms. lol

    • BurntFM

      True. Never underestimate the mind of a genius like Kojima.

  • Danny Patten

    Bummer he didn’t go with Hideo and made a new engine that kicks the Fox engines butt…

    • Kojima just starts a new studio and he have not decided if he really needs a technical director.
      Technical director is good when you need to look for the several titles and if you decided to work on a new engine.
      If he joined Kojima, not sure there would be any work for him.

      • César H. Sandoval

        Plus, dunno if Hideo has the reseources to make a Fox Engine 2.0 now that he’s going indie.

  • Pliskin

    Why didn’t he join Kojima?

    • César H. Sandoval

      In other interview he said it’s because he’s used to handle several projects at once and Hideo’s currently just forming his new studio and will most likely focus on one game at a time, plus the staff haven’t decided yet between to use an existing engine or make a new one.

      In Konami he had several franchises, Kojima now has to start from zero remember.

  • Tong Ninja

    It’s really great to hear that a lot of people that has worked with Kojima on the MGS games said he was awesome to work with and he’s not some dictator that bosses everyone around haha

    Interesting that he was going to work on Silent Hills with Kojima as well … I wish him luck at Bandai Namco. 🙂

  • Xilurm

    I just sent my Flaming Buffalo on a mission and she was KIA…

    • César H. Sandoval

      RIP in Peace Burning Bull

      • Xilurm

        I redid mission 31 and got her back. She doesn’t speak Russian this time around though.

  • Jav

    He was going to drink a coffee and kojima had it ready. Merceron also said “When I had a mosquito in my shoulder kojima crush it without causing me pain or mess up my shirt”.

  • proceeder

    Yeah, join Kojima on his game for Go’s sake!

  • Gatsu

    In my restless dreams, I see that revived town. Silent Hill. You promised you’d take me there again someday, but you never did :C ….

    Glad he found a place so soon, I wish him luck.

  • biggy cross

    I really hope he somehow gets the rights back and makes the game whenever he feels like it. Can he do that?

    • MichaelPayneV

      Actually i hope Hideo buys the wrights, and sell them to someone who would make a good Metal Gear, like Rocksteady or Remedy! Arkham Asylum and Alan Wake still 2 of my fave VG of the last generation.

      • biggy cross

        Well I would say sure sell them to someone but be a consultant at least so the new guy doesn’t fkk it up if you know what I mean.

        • MichaelPayneV


          • Biggy

            never mind I think he should take over. Look at his reaction in the mgsv production when someone else tried to Impress Him with their leadership skills

  • Hasan Ghareeb

    First I’d like to appreciate everyone involved in making this website a Metal Gear Haven for its hardcore fans. I believe the man in charge is nyxus 🙂 I can’t thank your efforts enough for all the MGS updates. This site literally is a virtual-home to me :). I wanted to be a part of this Metal Gear Family way back, so I’m not gonna “keep myself waiting” anymore :P. Plus I just made a post of my metal gear collection and semi MGS story on facebook for the very first time a little while ago for.

    I’m just another MGS fan with an exaggerated passion (can’t be blamed right). 🙂 All started in the age of 8 till this very day (age 34). All the details are posted on my facebook page for anyone’s reading.


    Please keep up the great work. 2015 has been a great year for Metal Gear fans everywhere I’m sure. Plus the great news of Kojima-San starting Kojima productions again which made me so thrilled as if my Dad just got promoted :D. Therefore many GAMING Goodies are about to follow ;). As pissed as I was for everything that happened to him at Konami, I’m also glad. Surly many of you understand ;).

    You all have a marvelous rest of 2015, Happy LOADING 2016 to you all :).

    Back to some MGSV addiction overload.

    • Gatsu

      Good morning bro :), it’s never too late to join 😀 so welcome! Yes our Biggu Bossu Nyxus is the leader of our Outer Heaven ;). I will check the Facebook page, when wake up x_x.

      Have a nice ending to 2015 friend <(^-^<) and next year will be amazing time for us gamers too. Remember that don't go nukeing too much with them fireworks!

      • Hasan Ghareeb

        I truly appreciate the kind welcome, you’re absolutely right, there’s no time like the present (that’s what kept telling myself for more than 5 years) :D. Nevertheless, surly they’ll always be something to talk about when it comes to MGS. Hope you had a great sleep, enjoy the rest of 2015. It’s 2016 out here already :). Hope you’ll enjoy scanning thru my Facebbok page as well.

        We did enjoy a very homie firework session, Thank goodness no one got hurt, thanx for the concern on the matter. 🙂

    • BurntFM

      Welcome! I know most people who visit have come to the site for a very long time before deciding to join. I’m sure there’s still lots to talk about here at MGI.
      P.S. That a projector or a big ass tv?! ( ; O_O )/ LOL

      • Hasan Ghareeb

        It sure felt like I’m on stealth mode every time I visited MGI for some fun reading 🙂 Finally the stealth camo wore off :D. You’re definitely right about MSG discussions, as long as Kojima-San keeps creating games, we’ll forever have something to talk about MGS-related ;).

        If that was a TV screen, I’ll always wonder how I got it in there to begin with :P, nah it’s just a projector. if you’ve seen my collection, you’d have noticed the device in the mist of my MGS shrine.

        • Gatsu

          Aye that is truly one hell of a shrine :D, beautiful.

        • BurntFM

          lol Nice!

    • FoxTamerMGO

      The best is yet to come. Welcome brother ;’D

      • Hasan Ghareeb

        Here’s to “That” my friend ;).

  • Andrea Feletti

    Happy new year!!

  • Gatsu

    Happy New Year from Finland, prost!

  • Raven_Sorrow

    Guys, have a great fckin year! Keep being awesome (^.^)7

  • VenomSnake1974

    Happy new year guys!

  • No Place For Hayter

    Happy New Year! Have a good one, me I need sleep, lol.

  • Mauricio Acosta

    Happy new year guys!!! Much love and GOD bless!!!

  • Gatsu

    Damn, I can’t believe I’m saying this because I love MGSV for many reasons and I’m a big fan so I refused to admit this before. But I think Life Is Strange is the best game I’ve played in years, it’s strange because I didn’t expect that at all when I started playing it…

    Is there anyone else here who feel the same? I’m not sure I remember when a game gave me similar strong feels the last time. It was maybe MGS4 or MGS3, although I’ve played lots of games since then too.

    Of course everyone got their own points, which make a game good but for me most important part is them tearful emotions. They give lasting memories. MGSV had few scenes too for me which was great. It’s when I know developers make art.

    Can’t wait for second season from Dontnod developers :).
    P.S. don’t get me wrong, I still love MGSV and not trying to start any negativities with this. Just wanted to say this, that’s all lol :D.

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