Konami Wants New Staff for Next Metal Gear Game

Hours after news of Hideo Kojima's impending departure, Konami assures work on the franchise will continue.

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Publisher Konami has announced that it is in the planning stages of developing a new Metal Gear game.

Furthermore, the corporation added that it is conducting "auditions for main staff to lead the development," and has asked interested developers to get in touch.

Hideo Kojima, who has spearheaded the Metal Gear franchise at Konami for nearly thirty years, is expected to leave the company in December, following the release of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The publisher has not commented on this matter specifically, but has issued a statement assuring that it will continue to work on the franchise.

"Konami will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the Metal Gear series following Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for Metal Gear."

It added: "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."

Metal Gear Solid 5, Kojima’s latest iteration in the famed series, ships in September on PlayStation 4,PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

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I am afraid that Metal gear will turn out like Resident evil.....No more intensive excitement just a little.

Anyway, The news seem a bit pleased. I hope the new developer could contribute/produce/deliver more experiences for MG story plot & gaming.

Hoping So.

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Good I may actually like this one then

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They've got some pretty big shoes to fill. The guy wasnt perfect, and I would like to see a fresh take on the series, but it doesn't bode well if their primary focus is a continuation of the main series. They're gonna need more than a streamlined story and couple of new gimmicks (albeit, beloved gimmicks)

hayter would be a start haha

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I can't wait for them to outsource it to some Western studio that will make a shitty SJW version of Metal Gear.

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Lucy sounds like a third grade fail newcaster... yikes


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well technically they do have content reboot of nes versions of the game, make it alot more fluid. Grey foxes story. Hell the game has so much depth can approached from different angles.

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I laugh at this because if Konami had another talented staff that can take on the projects, Kojima wouldn't have been stuck on Metal Gear all these times. For the longest time, Kojima wanted to pass the torch to another guy but no one seems to be able to fill his shoes. Whoever they pick in the future to lead the franchise, I am expecting something of a "Resident Evil 6" to the Resident Evil series as how it would turn out for the future Metal Gear games. The Metal Gear evolution will end at MGS V.

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Konami will probably outsource and westernize Metal Gear Solid like they did with Silent Hill and Castlevania.

Hire Ninja Theory this time to make Snake an edgy douchebag.

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When I grew up I saw my little brother play every Metal Gear game, he started out with Metal Gear for the MSX, after that the sequel, after that the Metal Gear Solid games.

Years later the Legacy collection came out and I had to buy it, had to finally play all those games myself.

Like my brother I started with the very first 8 bit Metal Gear and when I was still playing Peace Walker that I had saved for last I already bought Ground Zeroes for the PS4 so I could go straight on after I finished PW.

Now I love the Metal Gear series as much as my little brother does if not more.

The thought that the Phantom Pain is on the way is a dream coming true, somewhat sad knowing it will be the last but also very excited knowing the story will come full circle.

I say the last because only Kojima should make the next Metal Gear game if there is one.

Konami can tell the whole world that they will make new Metal Gear games but I don't think any fan is really listening to them unless they will tell us Kojima is in.

The whole Metal Gear series is Kojima's, without him I doubt it will have the soul it has now, something made by Kojima stands for perfection.

The next thing you know Konami will end up telling us Metal Gear will be an annual title with season pass...I understand that it's very tempting to go on without him but if Konami owns the rights to Metal Gear and not Kojima, the only sane thing you can do is sell the rights to Kojima productions.

Even the engine made for Ground Zeroes and the Phantom Pain is called Fox Engine...You should be ashamed Konami, a soul should stay with the owner or otherwise be left alone.

The best example for a same situation is another great game series I loved so much before it turned horribly wrong and that is the Resident Evil series, look how that ended up and I feel that if Konami will take this they will end up doing the same, running it into the ground.

Probably doing something similar like Resident Evil and the Splinter Cell series, forgetting what it is and try making it mainstream a.k.a making it a shooter...

Sorry guys for rambling on like this but I just needed to speak out loud about something I became so very passionate about over the years.

For me it ends with Kojima ending it, when Kojima says now I have told everything I can tell you about Big Boss and Solid Snake and everybody involved.

I think with the Phantom Pain that's what he's saying and if he chooses that there is room for more I'm all ears because there hasn't been one Metal Gear game that I thought "well that was just a cash in", sure he has said "this will be my last Metal Gear" and surprised everybody again and again but a genius will always keep thinking about the world he has created, he wants to know what happens next, wants to know what came before, wants to know what happened in the time between the stories already told and that's why we got so many great games.

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Recruiting developers? What staff would be crazy enough take on that challenge? They would have to get that MGS feel and semi quirky storyline, re imagine sneaking and game mechanics as each MGS adds it's own flavor (ie MGS3 added camouflage), AND pull off the same marketing hype and twists that makes M. Night Shyamalan jealous.

I mean look how MG Rising turned out, just meh. Getting it wrong is pretty much guaranteed to get some very colorfully worded hate mail and twitter messages.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Not to sure about that, just look what happened to twin snakes on the GameCube. Kojima was talking about wanting to see a remake for Metal Gear Solid, a open world Shadow Mosses Island with the Fox Engine but without Kojima it will feel lost, it will be without passion, without soul and that's what makes the Metal Gear games so special.

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Good luck Konami, you're going to need it.

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We hate Konami! Konami sucks!

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metal gear with hideo? thats a tall order

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Im calling it now.

The Metal Gear after The Phantom Pain will have a name. That name will be "Snake's Revenge," as an extra punch in the gut to Kojima.

I don't think MG will have the same beckoning essence without Kojima at the helm. I hope it does. Its a great franchise. I am torn if I should support it, or not. I guess I will wait an see if its actually worth supporting when that time comes.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, I think it would be hilarious if Kojima put out a different sneaking game with a completely different look and call it "Viper's Revenge."

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MG the boss, company of heroes/MGS hybrid :)))))

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Guess what would be my last Metal Gear!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Phantom Pain? Did I guess right?

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So that's what's happened. kojima wanted this to be the last MGS but Konami wants to make Resident Evil out of MGS. Good luck Konami :))

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<< LINK REMOVED >> really? where did you read that?

I read he he wanted this to be the last of MGS franchise, but he MIGHT DO A REMAKE OF MGS 1 SOMETIME.

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I'm seriously shocked at all the hatred towards KONAMI these recent news have bought. I mean, Kojima is an awesome programmer, no one's questiong that,but it's not all KONAMI's ever been.

Kojima basically became the equivalent of a rockstar when MGS came out in 1998, but before that he pretty much only did (a few) PC games and their respective home console conversions.

So all the awesome games KONAMI made in the 80's and 90's for arcades, for the Famicom, Superfami, Megadrive, etc.don't seem to mean much to people. Then Kojima only made MGS for the PlayStation, and more MGS and ZOE for PS2. So everything that KONAMI made for the Saturn, PS,PS2 etc. All of that be damned as well.

Everything decays with time, not all game companies can keep up with their former glory days. But even if Konami is now onlt a shell of its former self, I still find it distasteful to disrespect a company the game industry owes a whole lot to, and its incredible rich history.

Makes you wonder what's the point of becoming an great and iconic company when in the future the ungrateful consumers will turn on you and spit on your name because you made some mistakes.

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Actually Hideo Kojima created the original metal Gear game in 1987 and also the sequel Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake in 1990 for MSX2 home computer, so he has done things long before 1998.

Personally I think the Snatcher games and specially the SD Snatcher are the best games he has been involved with and he should resurrect those for todays systems.

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With that logic, we should've respected Molyneux more

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I think this is somehow good. if kojima is closing the gap in the mgs saga, then this is truly the last mgs game. for me konami can go to hell, but lets face it kojima will open a new studio and start a whole new exciting game, and like every other creative genuis like mikami and sakaguchi will thrive!!!!

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Konami is dying or what?

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There is no Metal Gear without Kojima. Konami, you have nothing left. You stopped making all your other series and pinned everything on Metal Gear, now you will suffer for your stupidity.

And yes, I am still bitter about Suikoden.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Pretty much all their masterminds are leaving them, so whatever they churn out will probably be a shadow of its former self.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> a Lord of Shadows of its former self, perhaps?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I know what you did there, Thanatos. I'm keeping an eye on you.

The first LoS was actually a quality game, but unfortunately, internal issues at MercurySteam caused Mirror of Fate and LoS 2 to suck oh so much.

Oh, and i purposefully avoid the DLC in Lords of Shadow. It just feels so..out of place in that game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> hahahahah good one pal, theyre going to be on their knees begging kojima to return after their stupidity hits their brans haha

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Suikoden, Castlevania, Silent Hill, and now Metal Gear. There was some promise with Silent Hills, being that Kojima was involved, but I sense Konami taking a crippling plunge into the red after Phantom Pain.

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And another one bites the dust. I wonder what Konami will rely on now, since without Kojima MGS will go downhill in no time. And that's pretty much the only franchise of value they have.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I would say the first few MGS games after Kojima leaves will still make them money based on the name alone. So they will be around for some time.

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So basically Kojima has been hinting at leaving MGS for more than a decade. Konami knowing this said we will continue making the series with or without you. Kojima knowing this was forced to stay on for multiple games as the series was his creation. I saw MGR as a way for Konami to make another MG game, this time without Kojima's involvment, sadly I was not the fork in the road either party had hoped it would be and forced Kojima to come back and do MGSV. So basically Kojima told Konami this was his final MGS game and they said fine we will continue the series without you. What I don't understand is why take the man's name off the project 6 months before release? Was he not loyal for 30 years, why not give him a proper send off? Maybe its the Japanese honor system twisted with hurt feelings on Konami's side. They new Kojima was their cash cow and with him leaving they wanted to shame him.

My 2 cents.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They said it themselves some days ago, they are restructuring to be more of a "head-bosses* controlled company. Which means that basically Kojima would have less involvement with the games he made and less say on what's right or wrong. They clearly want to spam MGS and Kojima doesn't so that's another reason.

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That's pretty much the end for the franchise. I can hear Jan Valentine (Hellsing) saying "bringing the motherfvcking death by Konami".

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2017: the introduction of Gaseous Snake, Plasma Snake, Ethereal Snake and Fully Dressed Snake.

Each headlining their own spin-off. All voiced by an incredibly bored David Hayter, who will not return for the sequels (this time, by his own initiative).

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good luck to konami, they will need it.

look at resident evil, shinji mikami left and it became shittier. re5 was ok, but re6 took it to another level.(bad level).

look at ninja gaiden, tomonobu itagaki left and it became crap... ng3 looking at u... even dead or alive is now a costume dlc fest with street fighter like iterations. thankfully the last round is out, but is it the truly last round?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No. RE5 was NOT okay. D:

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Crap. I just realized something. What does this do for Silent HIlls? Unless the game is finished this year, is that project going to get gutted as well?

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This will definitely go contrary to popular opinion, but I'm actually okay with Konami continuing the MGS franchise without Kojima. I'm curious more than anything else to see where they will take the franchise next, even with the risk they screw everything up. Bear with me here.

Look, this series has obviously had a very long and successful run, and you have to give a ton of credit to the mastermind behind it all in Kojima. At the same time, sometimes it's not the worst thing in the world to get a fresh perspective on a popular, but up-there-in-years franchise. Yes, there's a lot of risk involved in doing so and we've seen many other series falter in similar situations, but I'm actually kinda sorta looking forward to what may come next under new direction. It'd be a completely different story for me if this were taking place much earlier in the MGS timeline, but we've already seen and experienced Kojima's complete vision for the series in over half a dozen games. As brilliant as he is and as much as I love his work, I'm satisfied with what he's been able to give us and am ready to cautiously accept whatever new direction the series takes from here on out. Of course, if Konami does ruin the series I'll be more than ready to rip them apart with my cyber claws.

And to double up on the contrary to popular opinion thing, Kojima isn't perfect. There were a lot of things in the various MGS games that made you scratch your head a bit, mostly from a narrative and dialogue perspective. Even a man as great as he has a few faults here and there.

Proceed with the bashing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You sound like a fanboy that will keep buying whatever crap they put out, despite mountains of evidence from previous Konami IPs showing it won't be all rosy.