Konami is planning to create a fourth Metal Gear Solid game, Motoyuki Yoshioka, head of Konami JPN, confirmed this week as the publisher reported its financial results for the first half of FY2005.
"As for Metal Gear Solid 4, well again, we have some ideas, we've had some ideas for sometime now, so we'll continue to create more titles in the series," he said, after telling investors that Konami wanted to ship more copies of the latest instalment - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - than it did for 2001's Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
News of Konami's intention to develop another MGS title will hopefully lay to rest fears among fans that Snake Eater could be our last engagement with Solid Snake - prompted by a line in the Tokyo Game Show trailer for MGS3 which called it the "Final Episode of the Metal Gear Solid Trilogy".
What form it will take however is another question entirely - and one that we probably won't hear the answer to until series creator Hideo Kojima works it out himself.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is due out in the US next Wednesday, November 17th, on PlayStation 2, with a Japanese release lined up for December 16th and a European release expected to follow in early 2005.