Well, Konami had previously made it clear that the Metal Gear/Metal Gear Solid franchise would continue, despite the pending exit of Hideo Kojima, the creator of the franchise, from the company. Well Hideo Kojima made his exit from Konami official earlier this month.
Earlier this year, Konami released Kojima’s last game in the Metal Gear franchise with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The title won Best/Action Adventure Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2015. It was also nominated for Game of the Year. Now, it looks like Konami is moving forward with its plans to make a Metal Gear or Metal Gear Solid video game, sans Kojima and Kojima Productions. There is actually a job advertisement on Konami’s official website.
According to the link, Konami is “recruiting a wide range of highly-skilled development professionals who wish to work with us on the creation of ‘NEW METAL GEAR.'” The vision and details of that project remain to be seen. The job description says that qualified applicants should have “Boundless imagination, and the capacity for exciting new ideas.” Also: “A strong passion toward game creation,” and they should also have past experience in high-end game development.
It will be interesting to see what Konami comes up with a new installment for the franchise that Kojima is not directly involved in. To be perfectly honest, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. The Halo franchise continued without Bungie’s involvement. Not only that, it continued to do very well. There could be corners of the MGS universe that other developers might produce some decent games out of. Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid games were not without their own flaws. Time will tell on how this franchise will ultimately pan out without Kojima’s influence.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.