It looks like Konami is not done with the Metal Gear franchise. The Japanese developer has posted job listings for “New Metal Gear” development staff, and looks to be rebuilding the team from the ground up. Anyone fancy trying to be the next Hideo Kojima?
The listing comes as a surprise as it was assumed that Konami was working to completely forget that Kojima had ever worked in the gaming industry. The legendary game creator witnessed his name being dropped from all promotional material for the recent Metal Gear Solid V, and had a potential Silent Hill collaboration with Guillermo del Toro shut down at the last minute.
At the moment, Konami is not looking to fill any particular role for the new game; and the job listing is extremely general. It looks like the company is looking to rebuild the entire team; since most of the Metal Gear developers seem to have left with Kojima.
Interestingly, the locations listed are for Konami’s Japan and Los Angeles offices. The LA office is of particular note, since it was supposedly shut down last month. Although to be fair, Konami had also said that it wouldn’t be making anymore Metal Gear games. This is just one of those announcements that ignores just about everything the company has said or done over the last six months.
The next question is what the new Metal Gear game will entail. It could be anything at this point, and there is some concern that it might turn into a mobile game. After all, Konami did say it wanted to focus on the mobile game market; but it could be ignoring that announcement as well.