The July issue of IG Magazine is rumored to feature an interview with Hideo Kojima in which he claims Solid Snake will return in the next installment of Metal Gear Solid.
According to the French magazine, Kojima said: "About Metal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things: there will be much question of infiltration, espionage, and convincing people to give you 'a favour' like in the last Metal Gear Solid.
"I liked the idea of social interactions in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but we will see. And if I say more, the female ninja public relations officer, who is behind the door, I will be carved up into pieces. So it's better that we meet again when the time comes to talk about Metal Gear Solid 5."
Kojima was also to have said in the interview Metal Gear Solid 5 will be built with the "new FOX Engine," and that "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance never claimed to be a Metal Gear Solid," as the game is not about Snake.
"It is a spinoff that tries something different," Kojima was to have said. "We have not yet finished with Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted to let him die at the end of Guns of the Patriots."
Now, calm your blood pressure folks, because this is marked as "rumor" for many reasons: Konami has declined comment on the matter; IG Magazine's website doesn't reference an interview with Kojima for the July issue; the magazine is written mainly by freelancers with no one available for comment on the matter; and lastly, the quotes were translated from French to English and we all know things can get lost in translation easily.
We'll update you if Konami comments on the matter.