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"MGS will always be around" - Kojima

But new team may take on next game.

Hideo "This is the last one no it's not yes it is oh go on then" Kojima has said he may lend a hand with the next instalment in the Metal Gear Solid series.

As reported last week MGS4 is unlikely to mark the end of the franchise - though it will conclude Solid Snake's story. "I always tried to finish the story in each game," Kojima told Reuters. "But by some miracle in MGS4 I was able to resolve the mysteries left behind in past games and resolve the side stories from past games."

He added, "I'm not a genius like George Lucas." No one is sir. "I didn't have this story planned out."

According to Kojima, the future of the series will depend on the demand from fans. "MGS will always be around," he said. "I feel a responsibility to continue this series as long as users demand it. But it doesn't mean I'm going to sit in completely.

"I'll probably take a different role in the next game. Maybe I'll sit in as producer and let the young staff take control of the new series. I really want to go on to new things."

Different media, perhaps? "When entertainment becomes digital there can be a great collaboration between games and other kinds of entertainment, like movies or even novels," Kojima observed.

"All these things might form together to form a coherent medium. The trend is there, things are happening and I believe that convergence will happen sooner or later."

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is out on 12th June, and you can read what we reckon to it right now.