Konami has emphatically rubbished reports that it is to cease making big budget, triple-A video games. The developer-publisher promises that it will continue to work on console games involving franchises such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill and Castlevania.
"I can promise you that we're definitely not leaving Metal Gear behind or anything like that," a representative for the gaming firm said (via Nintendo Life). "I know some blogs were claiming that online this morning, but I'm not really sure where they'd be getting that from. We're still definitely working on console games and franchises such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, PES and all the rest."
The original report from French website Gameblog, which was corroborated by other sites like Eurogamer, claimed that Konami was to cease production of all triple-A console games, apart from Pro Evolution Soccer.
Such news came as no surprise to video gamers who are well aware of the turbulent time Konami has had this year. Despite the recent success of PES 2016 and Metal Gear Solid 5, behind the scenes dramas such as the rift with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, the cancellation of Silent Hills, and exposure of the company's draconian working practises have tarnished Konami's public image.
Fans of the aforementioned Konami series will be pleased to hear that their favourite franchises won't soon become solely used for pachinko machines, but plenty of questions remain regarding Konami's practices and goals.