Akio Otsuka, the Japanese voice actor for Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series, has claimed that development studio Kojima Productions has disbanded.
We've known for a little while that Hideo Kojima and his studio were to no longer be a part of Konami, and that they were working at Konami as contractors, but this is the first we've heard on the potential state of Kojima Productions post Metal Gear Solid V.
Given Otsuka's role as the voice of Snake, it's very likely that he's privy to this sort of information, but, as always, rumours must be taken with a pinch of salt until official confirmation is given.
But let's play devil's advocate for a moment and assume this is true... what are the potential repercussions? It's incredibly doubtful that Hideo Kojima would leave the industry entirely, but a new studio would need to be formed.
It's just as hard to envisage Kojima teaming up with any pre-existing studio, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Sony make every effort to bring him into their stable.
Beneath the mess that has surrounded Konami in recent months, it's worth remembering that Hideo Kojima's last Metal Gear Solid game is set to release on September 1st.
Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will represent the last game Kojima Productions ever release.