The legendary Metal Gear Solid series has generated a massive following worldwide, and the millions of fans were disappointed to learn that last year's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots would be Snake's final adventure. However, while it may have been Snake's final mission, the "Metal Gear" name isn't about to die.
According to Kotaku , a recent Konami job listing points towards the the start of development for a new project with "Metal Gear" in the title. You can follow the Japanese link at Kotaku, but the point is this- "Staff wanted for a new development in the Metal Gear series!!" Well, that's certainly exciting. We're not entirely sure why Kotaku doesn't specifically point out that "Solid" is absent from the title, which falls in line with Konami's plans of releasing Snake from his tireless duty. We're also not so quick to call this project a "spin-off" or "sequel," for obvious reasons. There is every possibility that whatever the new "Metal Gear" game is, it will only hold the familiar name of the series and be presented in something that's closer to IP form. Kojima and Co. have already stated they wish to start from scratch and appeal more to the Western gaming audiences, which likely hints at a complete overhaul for their most heralded franchise. What's important, though, is that the name will live on, and it's also encouraging to learn that the early stages of development may have already begun.
As more details leak out concerning the new Metal Gear – whatever it is – we'll bring them to you as fast as humanly possible. After MGS4, we've all seen what Konami and Kojima are capable of producing, and that puts everyone in an uber -anticipatory state for any new games.