Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series and prolific tweeter, made an announcement today via his favorite social networking platform that their is indeed another Metal Gear Solid game in development, and that Kojima Productions is currently hiring en-masse as they gear up production on the next title in their flagship franchise. More details will apparently be unveiled at this year’s GDC, but here’s what little we know:
The next is in development for “high-end” consoles and PC’s, which isn’t surprising, considering that the company has spent the last few years working on their specialized game engine, dubbed the Fox Engine, which Kojima has stated was designed to allow easy, accurate porting and multi-platform development between the 360, PS3, and the PC.
Other than that, there’s not much else to go on right now. The teaser image for the game shows Big Boss (or is it?) so some fans are already speculating that the “next MGS”, as Kojima calls it, might end up being another prequel in the vein of Snake Eater or Peace Walker. It wouldn’t be surprising, considering that MGS4 ended Solid Snake’s story with some (awkwardly told) finality, and I know Snake Eater remains the personal favorite of many hardcore MGS fans, so seeing a return to that era would be welcomed by many.
Of course, Kojima loves to mislead and troll his fans, so it’s pretty likely the final game will be completely different than what fans are expecting. I suppose we’ll have to wait until this year’s GDC, in a few weeks, before we find out more.