Tokyo studio Kojima Productions is believed to have closed down pre-production on its long-awaited Zone of the Enders sequel.
The game, which is commonly referred to as the 'Enders Project' or 'ZOE 4', was announced in May 2012. However, little of the project has been discussed since.
According to translated podcast transcripts, studio head Hideo Kojima has "dismantled" the team behind project ZOE and "would like to re-evaluate the franchise before moving forward". There was no indication that the project is permanently scrapped.
According to a translation by Siliconera, Kojima "wants to re-evaluate fans by asking once more whether they would still like to see a Zone of the Enders sequel".
CVG has contacted a Kojima Productions spokesperson for comment.
Elsewhere in the podcast, Kojima apologised for some of the drawbacks to the ZOE HD project for PS3. The remastered edition, he said, did not live up to expectations, with the 60 FPS "not as smooth as Kojima had hoped for".
Kojima said a patch is being coded that will hopefully remedy some of the issues.
The majority of the workforce at Kojima Productions is working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.