Discussions have reportedly begun at Konami for the next entry in the Metal Gear Solid series.

While no details are reported, internal workings for the title apparently have started. However, no details for whether or not series creator Hideo Kojima would be involved were discussed after he reportedly left the company last month, though Konami claimed he was taking an “extensive vacation.”

The update was originally published in Nikkei and translated by Kotaku.

“When we start development, a large-scale investment will become necessary,” Konami was quoted as saying according to Kataku.

This news comes shortly after the reveal that Konami shut down their LA studio, formally known as Kojima Productions LA.

KONAMI has made the decision to close its Los Angeles Studio, effective immediately, due to the product development resources being restructured into a more centralized unit. This facility contributed to the recent METAL GEAR SOLID games. KONAMI will continue its operations to support all METAL GEAR SOLID titles, including the recently launched METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phanton Pain and METAL GEAR ONLINE. METAL GEAR ONLINE is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.

So, what do you think is next for the Metal Gear Solid games – with or without Kojima? Let us know in the comments below.

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