Last I’d heard, Konami had said it was “getting out” of the traditional games industry. With Metal Gear Solid V wrapped and series creator Hideo Kojima gone, it seemed likely Konami would cut its losses and focus on Metal Gear slot machines or whatever failed video game companies do these days.
But no! Not content to let the Metal Gear name gather rust, Konami’s now announced Metal Gear Survive, a game that looks nothing at all like a Metal Gear game. Here, take a look courtesy of IGN:
Now, I’m not going to jump straight to “This looks terrible.” Who knows? Maybe (however strong my doubts) it ends up being a masterpiece. I will however say that it looks uninspired. “Not like a game Kojima would make,” you might say. “Not really Metal Gear,” the diehards might spout.
Those seem like pretty safe objections. A co-op game about fighting off zombies is not exactly the Cold War-inspired political espionage I expect from the series, nor does the game seem to have any sort of…stealth or emergent systems or anything that made Metal Gear Solid V a decent game despite the fact it was missing literally half its plot.
Hell, this looks like any other Early Access survival game, just affixed with the Metal Gear name and a noticeably nicer trailer.
We’ll see how this develops. One safe bet, though: With a planned release in 2017, this will certainly be out loooong before Kojima’s finished up with his naked Norman Reedus and space whales.
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Hayden writes about games for PCWorld and doubles as the resident Zork enthusiast.