Hideo Kojima is on record saying Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the last official entry in the series.
We've heard him say it before but maybe he really means it this time. …or maybe he'll be forced out before he's ready.
It seems quite the drama is unfolding between Kojima Productions and the owning publisher, Konami. According to what an inside source told GameSpot , senior staff at the developer has restricted access to corporate Internet, emails and phone. On top of which, "key developers at the studio," including Kojima, will have limited opportunities to help promote the game. "Power struggles" are resulting in dramatic changes and the source claims that once MGSV is done, the management will be gone:
"After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December."
It appears the schism is already happening, as Konami has started to remove the Kojima Productions logo from all official Metal Gear art. Kojima isn't part of the executive team anymore, either. Are these two parties really going their separate ways…? Wow.