Konami Discussing Plans for New Metal Gear Solid, Kojima's Involvement Not Addressed, Reports Say

Employee reveals discussions about a new game have begun.

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Konami has discussed plans for a new entry in the Metal Gear series, but stopped short of confirming any concrete details. In business publication Nikkei, which was posted online by 2ch and has been translated by Kotaku, an unnamed representative states internal discussions about a new Metal Gear game have begun, and the company is examining plans.

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"When we start development, a large-scale investment will become necessary," the representative is quoted as saying.

This person did not, however, discuss the extent of series creator Hideo Kojima's involvement, if at all. Kojima reportedly left Konami on October 9 after almost three decades at the company. Konami denied reports of his departure, claiming he is still an employee and is instead on vacation.

This is the second time Konami has suggested it is planning a new Metal Gear game. In March 2015 it said "auditions for main staff to lead the development" were underway, and asked interested developers to get in touch.

"Konami will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the Metal Gear series following Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain," it said in a statement at the time. "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."

The statements follow news the LA studio behind Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's online mode has been closed by the Japanese company.

Kojima, meanwhile, is believed to be under a non-compete clause that expires in December, which means he will not be able to sign new partnerships or announce new projects until after this period.

In March 2015, it was reported a power struggle between Konami and Kojima Productions, developer of the Metal Gear series, led to senior staff having limited access to emails, phone calls, and corporate Internet. In the months following, Kojima's name was removed from Metal Gear products and marketing.

In July, the Japanese voice actor for Metal Gear Solid's Snake stated that Kojima Productions no longer existed as a development studio.

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Looking forward for Metal Gear Pachinko pink sniper edition.

Expected soon on your friendly neighborhood Pachinko parlor.

Balls DLC are sold separately.

Pre order the game and the DLC now and probably we will throw you this :)

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/metal-gear-solid-sniper-wolf-figure-revealed/1100-6432405/

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Without kojima konami couldn't wipe their own asses. They can keep making metal gear games all they want. They will suck, and I won't by them.

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I'd pay five dollars if the game tells me precisely why Kojima left; maybe it's set in the nineties, would that work? B-plot: anti-proliferation message.

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Can we get the rest of Phantom Pain! In DLC form or something ! Shit man!

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what about the chapter 3 peace ?

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A Metal Gear game without Kojima? stick to your Pachinko machines Konami.

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No Kojima No game. What the the **** you though Konami? don't get it twisted!

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Add me to the list.

No Kojima. No $$$. You fucked up Konami

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Nope, don't care if it's amazing. Will not support a Metal Gear game without Kojima at the lead.

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If they can top 5, then go for it. But I don't want to play another Metal Gear title for a long time. I am content

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V doesn't even feel like a Kojima game, to me anyway, so who know's maybe Konami could make a good Metal Gear game without Kojima..

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@Flynner102: LOl **** know!

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@vexxouds: In case you didn't know, Kojima didn't develop the game by himself.

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We're not buying any more games from you, Konami. Go away forever.

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Metal Gear Pachinko and Metal Gear-ville are soon coming out people!

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I won't be buying anything from Konami until they finish up Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by releasing Chapter 2 and Chapter 3: Peace.

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@Ravanofdarkness: Chapter 2 is a broken piece of crap mess. The transitions between the essential missions were bs. Chapter 3 might be a DLC lol.

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@Ravanofdarkness: that will be the new games

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im for it but i believe they should just keep batting around ideas i think that theres alot more room for the story as well im just wondering about certian things how well it fit into everything maybe have it take place after guns of partoits???where someone is trying to rebuild the metal gears ???

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@mjc0961: i can agree with that i think this is where the problem lies for the next entry which is where to take it from here my main worry is that it well become like assassins creed or COD which is flushing a IP out just for a quick buck

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Edited By crushbrain

For the next MGS game they should actually finish the current one.

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@crushbrain: yep, while it's good to know the history of our favorite games, kind of getting real tired of these "origins" games... wanna know what happened to snake, otacon, raiden... all of the other surviving characters

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Why are you guys making news for a pachinko machine? We all know the money comes from Mobile games and pachinko machines.

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Figures, them Japanese folks have no honor

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@emprahtoddler:

Is this a troll?

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@emprahtoddler: When money is all that matters, honor goes out the window.

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Fix MGS 5 first....

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Metal Gear without Kojima is not Metal Gear.

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@ILSATS: Hey Konami, fission mailed.

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I am a die hard Kojima fan, but I would seriously play a new MG. I need more MG, more damn it! But honestly, it would be weird, but at this point they could just cobble together some BS Kojima-esque story along with solid gameplay and I would be sold. Oh yeah, bring back Hayter!

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after a disappointing ending in MGS5? pfffftttt....never ever again. this is the first time i felt i've wasted my money on a metal gear solid game

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Not interested in a MGS without kojima, not interested in an MGS post 4 ( I didn't like rising ). The only thing that interests me is a remake of MG, and MG2 Solid Snake as one game MGS5 style with each base being it's own area even if kojima isn't involved.

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@Alawishis: I think this is the obvious option. The story is already there, which is the most important part. It will need some tweaking to make it fit between the other games, but that shouldn't be a problem. Build it into the Fox Engine and you are good to go.

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You have experienced Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear AC!D, and now Snake will face his toughest challenge yet in, Metal Gear Pachinko.

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@exedeath: Snake! Pull the lever!

Pull... the lever?

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So basically it's Halo without Bungie... oh well at least the Xbots will buy it.

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@alaskancrab: It's actually worse, and that halo without bungie is pretty bad still.

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LOL Good luck on that Konami. Watch it be a pachinko machine.

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hugeeeeeeeeeeeeee mistakeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Without Kojima there is no Metal Gear.

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Edited By Threesixtyci

They already have the Fox Engine. And got tons of money from V, so this doesn't really surprise me. Personally, would like to see the guys at Obsidian who created the story part of Alpha Protocol paired with the combat of MGS. If Alpha Protocol played like MGS, everyone one would know what Alpha Protocol was..... and we would probably be at Alpha Protocol 3 by now.

http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/alpha-protocol-review/1900-6263966/

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@Threesixtyci: Bro, don't put such ideas into my head. Alpha Protocol with good gameplay would ruin everything else. : P

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The only other studio i'd trust with a Metal Gear title would be Platinum games

If it's not Kojima or Platinum, then i'm not interested, more importantly, this "new metal gear solid" may very well be just another godawful mobile game (wouldn't be the first time), or a pachinko machine...

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@mjc0961: Rising was a non-stop funfest. The story was meh but that gameplay was incredibly solid.

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But will it be a VIDEO game?

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