You can take Kojima out of Metal Gear, but you can't take the Metal Gear out of him, it seems.
Hideo Kojima has said he'll continue onwards with his involvement with Metal Gear Solid as long as the fans still want it, going as far as saying he hopes to see it continue after he's dead.
"First of all, I just want to say that as long as there are fans who want Metal Gear Solid, as a producer, I will always want to still make them and I want the series to continue. So even after I die, I still would love to have the Metal Gear Solid series continue," he said at a presentation last week at the University of Southern California (via GT).
Since MGS3, Kojima has tired to hand off his director and writer roles to other staff at Kojima Productions, although came back to write, direct and produce Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
The last MGS title he was fully involved in was MGS: Peace Walker. Kojima admitted that he's not looking to be restricted to just MGS for the rest of his days.
"As a creator, of course, I want to do something new, and I don’t want to be limited to Metal Gear forever, right?," he said.
"So of course I have tried in the past. I’ve tried to hand Metal Gear off to other people within the studio and I’ve tried to raise people up so they have the ability to take over. And I think since Metal Gear Solid 3, I’ve tried this and actually did hand it off and have other people come up with the story and come up with the game design.
"But for some reason it just never really works out. And, you know, I end up having to step in again to take charge and kind of fix things here and there and just get sucked back in unfortunately."
Kojima is currently making his next full game at KP using the new multiplatform Fox Engine, as well as being a producer for Metal Gear Solid: Rising.
He's also noted interest in rebooting development on Zone of the Enders 3, which he's been producer on for the past two installments.