Metal Gear Solid 6 in talks at Konami, will require ‘large-scale investment’

According to a translation of a report on Nekkei, the Japanese software giant Konami has started discussion on Metal Gear Solid 6 internally, though noted development of a new entry in the venerable stealth-action franchise will require plenty of financial backing.

When we start development, a large-scale investment will become necessary,” the company has been quoted saying. This isn’t the first time that Konami has talked about a new Metal Gear Solid title in light of the controversy surrounding the publisher and creator Hideo Kojima, having previously said the series can continue without the legendary game maker.

Konami confirmed overnight that the Los Angeles branch of Kojima Productions has officially been shuttered, which probably isn’t surprising considering the precarious situation that the studio has been in for much of the year. As for a possible Metal Gear Solid 6, the series clearly hasn’t lost its appeal with consumers, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain managing to ship an impressive five million copies worldwide since its launch on September 1 on PS4, PS3, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. It was, and remains, one of Konami’s most popular IPs, so it is unlikely the franchise will be going the way of the Dodo any time soon. 

Kojima-san hasn’t updated fans with any future plans at this point, although around the time of The Phantom Pain’s launch he insisted he would continue creating for the rest of his life and has ‘no regrets‘ on the eve of the game’s release. Be sure to check out his emotional farewell video to the Metal Gear series if you haven’t already done so. Sadly, the issues at Konami were not just restricted to Metal Gear Solid; Kojima-san’s collaboration with Guillermo Del Toro on the horror title, Silent Hills, ended up on the cutting room floor much to the dismay of fans worldwide. Del Toro would later reflect on the decision to cancel the game, saying it makes no sense.

Read our full review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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