Finally giving clarity to all the rumors of yesterday, Konami have posted notifications regarding the future of it’s most successful game series. Metal Gear will continue being developed, but this time it will be a new team behind the helm of the series from here on out.
The statement posted today on Konami’s website informed Metal Gear fans that the latest title in the series—Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released as initially planned. The release date will be Tuesday September 1, 2015 in North America, Latin America and Europe. Japan and Asia will then receive it on Wednesday September 2. Hideo Kojima’s involvement will continue throughout. The statement also claimed to speaking on behalf of Hideo Kojima, saying “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!”
The Notice also went on to briefly discuss the future of the Metal Gear series, stating. “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.” It seems that Konami has already started production on a new Metal Gear title and are inviting people in the industry to apply for main staff positions to lead the development. The interested parties are advised to contact Konami via the career recruitment page of the Konami website. People with questions and concerns are asked to submit an inquiry via the “Contact Us” page.
The actual job listing on the career page for Metal Gear has been translated for English audiences. It informs applicants that Konami are recruiting a wide range of highly skilled game development professionals for the Metal Gear title. Required qualifications are experience in high-end game development and planning, as well as boundless imagination and capacity for exciting new ideas. A strong passion for game creation and the communication skills to effectively articulate ideas are also required. Applicants should send in a resume of past work game portfolios title “MG development staff” to the official email of “email@example.com”.
All this information would suggest that Kojima Productions—under the hand of Konami is no more, now calling into question the upcoming Silent Hills title that was to be a collaboration between Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. Another issue of concern is that now it’s clear The Phantom Pain will be Kojima’s last Metal Gear title—closing the book on a game saga that has spanned almost a generation, will the quality of the series from here on out remain similar to the last few years? Some series like Castlevania have remained the same after having key staff move on, but never in such a pivotal manner as Hideo. It’s looking like The Phantom Pain may be the last Metal Gear title, not only for Kojima, but for many fans as well.
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