By Arvind Radakrishnan / March 21st, 2015
For years, the famed creator of Metal Gear, Hideo Kojima, has stated that some of the recent Metal Gear Solid games would be his last in the franchise. It started with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, continued with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and now it’s happening again with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. However, it does seem like Kojima is truly leaving not only the Metal Gear franchise behind for real, but Konami itself. There’s been rumors of disputes between Hideo Kojima and Konami executives, and the removal of the “A Hideo Kojima Game” tag on Ground Zeroes, The Phantom Pain, and even Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection promotions on Konami’s web site, and from sites like Konami’s Twitter as well.
This does not mean Metal Gear is actually done beyond Metal Gear Solid V, though. Konami has issued a statement saying “Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.” It’s unknown what this means for the new Silent Hill, as that was being directed by Kojima, but one possibility is that he won’t have anymore input at this point and that someone else in Konami will take over.
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