Konami is moving on from the Fox Engine
After years of service, Konami will stop using Fox Engine after eFootball PES 2020. Hideo Kojima developed the game engine for Konami way back in 2010. Throughout the last decade, the Fox Engine has brought us some classic games, from PES titles to Metal Gear Solid V. However, after Kojima departed Konami in 2015 to independently form Kojima Productions, Fox Engine’s future has been bleak.
The Fox Engine gave us some wonderful games during its time. Both parts of Metal Gear Solid V, Kojima’s swansong on the series, are incredible stealth games. And the PES series, while it may have fallen behind Fifa in popularity, has still been a solid set of games. But, with the move to Unreal Engine 5, there’s a lot of potential for new games. This new engine will take advantage of the system upgrades on next-gen consoles. And, with tens of billions of polygons, it can create incredible 4k experiences. We should be hoping for some big things from Konami after this switch. Maybe, just maybe, another Metal Gear game?
In the meantime, the first title to release on Unreal Engine 5 from Konami will be PES 2022, which looks great so far. Unreal is free for all developers and is one of the best engines out there, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer to use it going forward. We’ll leave you with the trailer for PES 2020, set to release a couple of years after the latest PES game.