Metal Gear Solid series director Hideo Kojima has said the fourth installment will not mark the end of the series - or his involvement with it - after all.
"Metal Gear will always be around. I feel a responsibility to continue this series as long as users demand it," he said in a recent Reuters interview.
This stands at odds with his 2005 statement in which he said that he and the series art designer,Youji Shinkawa, were done with the series and wanted to move on.
Kojima has a history of flip-flopping on the issue.
In 2001, he said the second game was the last - and that statement, in turn, was contradicted later in the year when he said the series must "live on."
In his most recent musings on the matter, he did add that his involvement from here on out would be scaled back, although that may be hard to believe given his deep and commanding involvement with the franchise so far, lengthy exposition and all.
"It doesn't mean I'm going to sit in completely. I'll probably take a different role in the next game," he said. "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."