Hideo Kojima has announced Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be his last Metal Gear, and with strong rumors suggesting his departure from Konami later this year, it seems the real deal this time. Not surprisingly, Konami, who still owns the (highly successful) franchise, will continue making new games after The Phantom Pain, and develop a new Metal Gear game.
In a press release they announce they are looking for key staff to develop these new games, people with rich imagination, a passion for game making and good communication skills.
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The latest title in the METAL GEAR series, “METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.
Hideo Kojima Stated: I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!
In addition, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.
As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop a new “METAL GEAR” title.
We will be conducting auditions for main staff to lead the development.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact us to via the recruitment page of the KONAMI official website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry via the “Contact Us” page.
As you can see in the press release, Hideo Kojima will still be involved with development of The Phantom Pain. Whether he’ll be part of the franchise at all in the future remains uncertain. From the looks of this he won’t though.
The official Metal Gear Twitter account also reassured fans that Kojima is still the driving force behind The Phantom Pain.
“Despite rumors, MGSV:TPP-written, designed, directed & produced by Mr.Kojima is still on track. The team’s hard at work. Pls support them!”
Metal Gear Online’s development also continues as normal.