Konami plans to continue with the "Metal Gear" series, even if creator Hideo Kojima isn't involved. Courtesy/Konami

Konami, the video game developer and publisher based in Tokyo, is working on another "Metal Gear" project, and it’s most likely separate from the upcoming game “Metal Gear Solid V.” The Japanese studio is hiring for the unnamed endeavor, according to job openings listed on its Japanese website.

Applicants hoping to work with the iconic franchise should have “a rich imagination.” They should also be able to produce “innovative ideas” and possess a “strong passion for making games,” according to Google Translate.

Additional qualifications ask for experience with “high-end game production” and “practical experience of planning.” The job also requires that interested applicants have effective “communication skills to convey ideas.”

A separate page on the developer’s site says that Konami “has resolved to embark on production of a new ‘Metal Gear’ series.”

The “Metal Gear” series will turn 28 years old in July. The first installment launched in 1987 for the MSX2 computer in Japan and parts of Europe. The franchise is the creation of Japanese video game designer Hideo Kojima, 51, who may be leaving Konami after “Metal Gear Solid V" is finished. Earlier this week, Konami removed any mention of Kojima Productions and Kojima from its “Metal Gear” site.

“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” will reach PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Sept. 1. The title was co-written by Kojima and will be the latest entry in the series since “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes,” which launched in March 2014.