We're only a few months away from the launch of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the melee combat spin-off from Hideo Kojima's feted stealth series, but developer PlatinumGames is already talking about making more games set in the Metal Gear universe.
Speaking with Siliconera, director Atsushi Inaba said: "I really think I was able to see Raiden grow independently and strong as a character and as a man. To be part of that was an honour. Moving forward, if Kojima Productions feels that another Raiden game is needed I would love to be a part of making Raiden's next growth."
Yuki Korekado, producer at Kojima Productions, agrees. "In Rising, we got to see Raiden grow as a character and develop as a person," he told the site. "Beyond that, within the Metal Gear universe there are a lot of characters and stories. Within that we were able to show the value of the universe and expand on it. We were able to prove we can create branches to explain more deep stories within the universe."
Much will obviously depend on how fans react to this change of pace for the Metal Gear saga, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. You'll be able to draw your own conclusions soon enough - a playable demo of Metal Gear Rising will be available for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in January.
The full game is out on the same formats, plus PC, from February 21st.