Konami Digital Entertainment is the latest Metal Gear game in the series, dubbed as Metal Gear: Survive. The survival action-adventure game is set to release early in 2018. The game is set between Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The game will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The story of the game runs in parallel to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. It follows the attack on Mother Base at the end of the Phantom Pain’s prologue, Survive shows the remaining members of Big Boss’ unit being sucked into a mysterious wormhole. The wormhole transports the whole unit into an apocalyptic reality where they find a world fool of hostile crystalline creatures. The main goal is to find materials and do anything they can to go back to their own world.
As reported by the development staff, the players will have somewhat free hands when it comes to equipping their character. There are plenty of weapons to choose from and the players can also develop their own equipment to suit their play style. The player can choose to complete the missions while being stealthy, or take the zombies in a straight out face to face brawl.
Metal Gear Survive is an open-world game, which means that players can’t return to Mother Base by helicopter whenever it gets tough. On top of that, the wounds must also be tended to on the battlefield, and rather than gathering resources for research and improvement of the Mother Base, the game puts more emphasis on real-time crafting on the battlefield.
Little is known about the singleplayer gameplay of the game, however, at E3 Konami showed a preview of what the co-op multiplayer mode would look like. The co-op mode is designed for four players. It starts in an area where the player can equip his character with various gadgets and guns, test and swap his gear, and fiddle with controls. Shortly after, the players are dropped near a base which they must defend from endless hordes of zombies. The chance of success is increased by how much the player character is equipped with weapons and items. There is plenty of ammo and crafting materials around the base which the player can collect. Between the waves, players can set up their defenses, build walls, mount sentry guns, and more. As mentioned by a Konami rep at E3, the items and abilities can be transferred between single and multiplayer, which keeps the players motived to play both modes.
Despite not being affiliated with Konami anymore, the idea of adding a zombie game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise was first brought up by Hideo Kojima on April 29, 2013, where he requested that the sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will have nanomachine-empowered zombies.
Even though the fans of the franchise are worried, by the looks of the demo and the information provided by Konami, Metal Gear Survive looks to be a great singleplayer and co-op survival game.