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Amid all the talk about Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami, the company says he’s just on an extended leave, a new report today claims that Konami has been internally mulling the possibility of a new Metal Gear Solid game. Apparently the company would like to continue the lucrative Metal Gear Solid franchise though it’s not immediately clear if it will continue the franchise with or without Hideo Kojima.

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Japanese publication Nikkei reports that Konami has been internally discussing the idea and that it’s not completely opposed to it. Discussions are now said to be taking place within the company for the future of this series. A Konami representative quoted in the report says that if the company starts development on the next Metal Gear Solid title “a large-scale investment will become necessary.”

Even though it has continued to decline reports about Kojima’s departure from the company, many believe we’ll know for sure about Kojima’s future once his non-compete with Konami ends later this year, ultimately this means that if a new Metal Gear Solid game is to be made there’s a big possibility that it will be made without Hideo Kojima at the helm.

That’s just added pressure for Konami since the community reveres Kojima, the bar will be set quite high for Konami if it decides to go down this road, which it hasn’t confirmed or denied just yet.

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