During a conference held at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, that DualShockers attended, Bandai Namco Worldwide Technology Director Julien Merceron, who played a crucial part in the creation of the Fox Engine and of the Luminous Engine when he was working at Konami and Square Enix, talked about the men that inspire him.
When asked about who his “mentor” is and about his purpose for the future by Ubisoft’s Publishing Director Serge Hascoët, he mentioned that he aspires to becoming the best CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in the gaming industry. He continued by explaining that he’s really far from that goal, and he still has a lot to learn, but his quest has always been to strive in that direction.
About mentors, Merceron mentioned that he doesn’t have only one. He looks up to several role models. He feels very inspired by creative people like Steve Jobs and Mark Cerny (who was in charge of the PS4’s architecture), who is an expert in multiple fields, working on hardware, on game development and on the engine. According to Merceron, people like that are rare.
Merceron keeps himself close to creatives when he works, as they drive innovation, and on the creative side he brought up Hideo Kojima as one of his sources of inspiration.
The Video Game masterclass event in Paris was organized by Jeux Vidéo Magazine and Cité des Sciences.
[On-Location Reporting and Translation: Morgane Bouvais]