Konami has released an English statement, confirming its plans to develop a new Metal Gear game.
In the statement Konami claims Hideo Kojima, who is expected to leave the company in December, will see the development of Metal Gear Solid 5 to its end.
Here's the sttement in full, as published on Konami's website:
"Notification Regarding "METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN"
Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.
The latest title in the METAL GEAR series, "METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN" (below, "MGSV: TPP"), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.
In addition, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following "MGSV: TPP." We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for Metal Gear.
As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop a new "Metal Gear" title.
We will be conducting auditions for main staff to lead the development.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact us to via the recruitment page of the KONAMI official website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry via the "Contact Us" page."
Hideo Kojima, who has been working on the Metal Gear franchise at Konami for nearly 30 years, is supposed to leave the company in December, after the release of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Metal Gear Solid 5, Kojima's latest iteration in the series is slated for release in September on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.