Kojima has no plans to license Fox Engine to small developers

The Fox Engine will not be made available to small developers due to licensing difficulties.

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Kojima Productions studio head Hideo Kojima has confirmed that there are currently no plans to license the Fox Engine to small developers. The studio had initially issued a statement in 2011 announcing that a tailored version of the Fox Engine would be available to schools and small developers.

Speaking to Gamasutra at last week's Kojima Productions Los Angeles event, the Metal Gear creator said it would be "too difficult" to license the Fox Engine at this point in time, and withdrew the studio's 2011 statement.

"A lot of maintenance will be involved if we're to get the Fox Engine in a workable enough state to license it," Kojima said. "[As a result] at the moment there are no plans to license it to schools or other organisations."

Kojima did not rule out all options, saying that the studio is "always open to discussing it with companies one on one."

The Fox Engine was first showcased at the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary event on August 30 last year. Kojima has since explained that one of the goals in creating the engine was to achieve photo-realism.

The game will feature returning protagonist Snake, and introduces a number of tweaked gameplay components.

Kojima Productions is currently working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game currently has no announced release date.

Discussion

160 comments
Gatchan2
Gatchan2

Kojima wants Japanese developers to move forward and take first position again but he wants to play stingy with helping out by licensing Fox engine?  

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Keep the fox engine away from sucky developers!

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

Then what's the point of making the Fox Engine PC compatible?

tightwad34
tightwad34

Meh, I didn't even consider Kojima letting other devs use his engine. I highly doubt this is going to have much effect on games good or bad.

BradBurns
BradBurns

After MGSV make Silent Hill on the Fox Engine, please. 

And don't outsource it.

Incubus420
Incubus420

Just read the title and I laughed out loud.  All I could get from the title was that Kojima wants money for his last 10 years of work.  Think I was in school the last time I heard they were developing Fox Engine and that was 7 years ago. 

Eyefrein
Eyefrein

Sorry to say this but i just downloaded de PES 2014 demo.. only to test the FOX ENGINE on my PS3, i hope it´s just because it´s only a demo but the resolution was 720p, the players looked pixelated and blured, the animations looked a bit stiff and the scenes like replays or team presentations looked too slow and with very low frame rates... hope they improve this in the final version.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Kojima's Fox Engine is gorgeous. All of the new Metal Gear footage that he's showed so far has been for current gen, not PS4 or XboxOne. 

It looks on par or better than most of the next gen stuff shown off so far.



One problem. Please tell me that you didn't spend so much time developing an engine that is only usable on current gen consoles. Please tell me that the engine is compatible with PS4 and XboxOne.

 Because if you wasted so much time developing an engine that would be outdated as soon as the game launches, I'm gonna cry.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I guess a lot of devs wouldn't grasp it as easily, and it would cost Kojima a lot resources to get them spun up on it.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

Wasn't he the one who was begging people to remake MGS 1 using the FOX ENGINE?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

sell it kojima. It takes you 3 or 4 years to make a MGS game so unless you sell 20m + copies you aren't maximizing the money you could be making on the engine. 

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

"the Metal Gear creator said it would be "too difficult" to license the Fox Engine at this point in time..."

It's only as difficult as you make it, Mr. Kojima. After all, it is your game engine.

kkee
kkee

This is good news. At least Metal Gear can keep a unique visual style without lots of other games looking like clones, a la the Unreal Engine this generation.

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

I think it was supposed to be the last game with Solid Snake.

Ace Delos Santos
Ace Delos Santos

I don't get the point of all you haters commenting, sounds like you just want attention on top of sounding just plain rude

SuperFly Johnny
SuperFly Johnny

Metal Gear is headed the Resident Evil way i will save my money towards other games that are worth my money sorry MG fanboys

Catz_03
Catz_03

In other words, "there is work to be done, we just don't feel like doing it".

desperate001
desperate001

Good. Make developers create their own engine. Kojima and his team took the time to create their own engine, why can't other developers do the same?

Josh Conder
Josh Conder

Who the hell cares MGS games have sucked for the last ten years! WHo would want the engine anyways.

hyksiu
hyksiu

What matters is that mgs v is coming!

Ati Islam
Ati Islam

Yeri Yalpi, he didn't do it. He took it away from his head at the last second and fired the gun, then his daddy turns up (who is Naked Snake/Big Boss and who's supposed to be dead)... and the plot lost me at that point.

Aentik Sparda Ten-no
Aentik Sparda Ten-no

Excellent!!! Capcom should ve done he same with RE 4 kind of ·engine" so not all games now look the same but with different tittles hope u never do that to loong terms Kojima san!!

Yeri Yalpi
Yeri Yalpi

i dont think its too late to ask this but what happened when solid snake pulled the trigger in mgs4

msfan1289
msfan1289

I see his point, im sure they have a ton of bugs that went along with the engine when making the game. also there are a ton of in house game engines that is never released to the public this wont be the first time.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

Clearly he refuses to license it because other studios just wouldn't make things erotic enough.

onixevil
onixevil

You're kinda make a response to Crytek .But still a great engine .

Ravi Pathak
Ravi Pathak

If i could have wikied, then i would haven't any need for playing games. I asked from the Mgs fans because they know the series better than any reviewers or wiki creators.

Tygraph
Tygraph

@BradBurns Engines don't really work like that. The games are developed on PC which is not related at all to the consoles, they just develop in a way that is friendly to each console's particular environment and then port it. 

hystavito
hystavito

@gamerboy100 It might very difficult as he says.  Remember that any big piece of commercial software often contains lots of other bits licensed from other parties.

Moeremmo
Moeremmo

@Josh Conder yeah ur right thats why the last MGS took 10 over 10! UR RIGHT and all the other MGS were at least 8.5 hehe... i have no idea why would u even post such stupid comment 

Sheik2
Sheik2

@Josh Conder Maybe you are the one who have sucked for the last 10 years...

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@Josh Conder Metal Gear Solid 3 was released within the last 10 years , so only you suck.

msfan1289
msfan1289

@Yeri Yalpiobviously you didnt play the game

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

@Chris Parker boohoo

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@Mr_Big_Boss But those are both opinions...Engine looks pretty good. I would venture a guess that it's hard to work with though.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

@Timmy_Gwar who cares about GTA