Konami Hiring New Staff For Future Metal Gear Titles

Konami have released the following statement regarding the future of the Metal Gear franchise:

“To Customers,

Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.

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 1st, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2nd. 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 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 new “METAL GEAR”.

We will be conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development.”

This is a good a confirmation as any that Hideo Kojima will not be involved in the development of Metal Gear titles going forward. While this is something that Kojima himself has apparently wanted for some time, the circumstances regarding his exit of the franchise are not exactly ideal. Whomever Konami hires to lead this project will certainly have their work cut out for them.

Metal Gear Solid V is still on track for release this September on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

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