wataru14 wrote:Murayama didn't even finish III if I remember correctly.
He finished it, just left before it was released.
Sure, Suikoden still belong to Konami and them alone. You can insert another person to continue to the storyline but THERE WILL BE BOUND to have contradictions and differences (Ace Attorney series is one, a stretch i know) when that happens.
From the very beginning, there were contradictions, and according to Murayama, this was on purpose, as it makes the stories and events more realistic (compare it to history books nowadays in different countries). It's a lame excuse, of course, but the contradictions and inaccuracies have always been there, and only grew stronger with IV and V.
And I am sure that Murayama's book had plenty of "material" that could have been used - but most of the material was probably some short notes only.
If Konami wanted, they could have made a Suikoden VI set in the same world. They could have even used the world of Tierkreis and somehow connect it closer to the original games, but they did not want to. Now, most creative heads left Konami and there's no one left within the company who could help.