Ryan Payton, assistant producer on Metal Gear Solid 4, has confirmed there will be further instalments in the series - though they won't star Solid Snake.
"There are some misunderstandings that this is the final Metal Gear game," he told 1UP. "But it's really the final chapter of the Solid Snake story. That's all."
Payton continued, "I'm happy we could wrap up Snake's story in MGS4." So what might future MGS games be about? Well, there's "still a lot of room for filling in the gaps as far as Big Boss is concerned", according to him.
There are also plans afoot for the future of Metal Gear Online. "We're working on a handful of new maps, skills and rules that we're bug checking at the moment," Payton said. "A lot of the stuff is pretty far along. It's not going to be too long before people are going to start seeing screenshots of the new stages... By the time you're tired of the maps that come in the game, it'll probably be around the time we'll be bringing out the new ones."
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is out now. What do you think of it, Oli?