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Konami Parts Ways With Fox Engine Developer Julien Merceron

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Konami has parted ways with Julien Merceron, the company’s worldwide technology director, according to reports from Gameblog, and supported by reports from IGN. Merceron was in charge of overseeing the development of the Fox Engine, which was used for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Merceron leaving Konami is an indication that the company has no plans to use the engine in any future PC or console games.

Merceron first joined Konami in 2013 and worked with Hideo Kojima to build the engine for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Called the Fox Engine, it was also used to build the latest Pro Evolution Soccer games. While the circumstances surrounding Merceron’s departure from the company aren’t clear, the nature of Konami’s rocky split with Hideo Kojima means everybody is paying attention. Merceron would have worked closely with Kojima and was likely part of his department, so fans are understandably curious about what’s gone down.

Konami not having any intentions to continue using the Fox Engine would support the company’s earlier statements about intending to move into the mobile gaming market. In May, company president Hideki Hayakawa said that they intend to “pursue mobile games aggressively” and said mobile games would be the company’s “main platform.”

When fans started worrying that this meant Konami would abandon its console and PC properties, the company reassured gamers that they would retain a focus on all platforms. It would continue creating games “not only mobile platforms, but for home consoles, arcade units, and cards, to meet the changing needs of the times.” That was in contrast to the company’s earlier statements about mobile being where the “future of gaming lies.”

While Merceron leaving Konami is by no means confirmation that the company does intend to focus only on mobile after all, it’s got plenty of fans worried.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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