In a recent interview, Konami community manager Graham Day revealed that the company apparently has no plans to move away from triple-A, and they believe Metal Gear Solid can continue without series mastermind Hideo Kojima.
When asked by GameOn if the series could continue without good old Koj, Graham Day replied: "Yeah, [of] course it can. Metal Gear is about the story, it's about the characters."
It seems like a strange thing to point to when talking about Kojima's departure, as the characters and story are so closely tied to his mind. At the same time, I think it could be interesting to see where the series would go with different people penning the story.
Day cites Platinum Games' Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance as an example of the series being pushed forward and taken in another direction by another team.
On the topic of Konami moving away from triple-A to focus on mobile gaming, Day replied: "Don't believe everything you read in the press." So I wouldn't believe that, if I were you. Heh, heh, heh.
"Things have been taken out of context," he continued. "I'm not going to slate mobile gaming - mobile gaming has a future and that has potential.
"Just because mobile gaming is being embraced doesn't mean everything else has quit. Konami has a history of making the best games around and that is something that will continue - that won't change."
I hope it's true, because Metal Gear Solid V would serve as the perfect template for the series to continue under different people. It's a series that's trasformed with each iteration, but this open-world gameplay loop seems like a natural settling point.
Would you be up for a Kojima-free Metal Gear? Let us know in the comments.