Fans are outraged at the latest project by Konami, and understandably so.
Metal Gear Survive, the first of the Metal Gear series that will be released after creator Hideo Kojima’s departure, was recently announced via GamesCom 2016. It looks to be using the same engine that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain used, but what we’ve seen so far has caused quite a bit of fan disappointment.
According to Mobile & Apps, Metal Gear Survive is apparently set in an alternate universe. The graphics and story look close. During the trailer, we see that Mother Base is under attack. The same set of events occur in The Phantom Pain, so players are most likely looking at a such a disaster from a different angle. Big Boss and Miller manage to escape via helicopter, but not before the remainder of the squad units are sucked into some sort of vortex. Arriving on the other side, they must find a way back to their own world.
Metal Gear Survive was truly looked down upon when the trailer introduced zombies. This looks to be a move from Konami’s hopes to reel in the fan base, but the huge amount of dislike and backlash suggest that the opposite was achieved.
Though the characters in Metal Gear Survive aren’t very familiar, each one of them appears to have a unique set of skills in a given situation. There’s also the gameplay and premise, involving random wormholes and enemies that may have been part of a military unit of some sort. All things considered, Metal Gear Survive looks to be taking the Metal Gear out of the franchise.
According to a report by Forbes, even the press release by Konami seems to rob Metal Gear of its essence.
“Metal Gear Survive picks up from the ending of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, to an alternate timeline caused by unexplained wormholes forming in the sky. Players find themselves on distorted desert landscapes full of massive half-formed structures, living biological threats, and the remains of a once strong military force now litter the landscape.”
Unexplained wormholes? Living biological threats? If anything, players are reminded of a Call of Duty: Zombies experience. Even with Hideo Kojima absent, Konami seems to have taken The Phantom Pain and slapped together an attempt at a cash grab. The campaign of the Metal Gear games have mostly involved stealth, precision, and espionage. Survive, despite cameos by Big Boss and Miller, doesn’t seem to be any more than Konami’s effort to salvage what they can from the disaster that was Hideo Kojima’s departure. While it’s still too early to tell, fans are skeptic that Metal Gear Survive will give them the experience that they’re looking for.
Perhaps the multiplayer aspect of Metal Gear Survive will give players something to look forward to. Up to four players will be able to engage in battle over the course of gameplay, and there’s certainly enough action to go around. The trailer ends with an audible roar, suggesting that there will be epic battles that require teamwork to overcome. While it’s speculation at best, fans old and new will certainly have crossed fingers in the hopes that Survive will bring the classic Metal Gear formula and prove early impressions wrong.
Unfortunately, Konami has not divulged much more information than the trailer in regards to Metal Gear Survive. The game is set to be released on the PlayStation 4 in 2017, so fans can expect to see more revealed as time goes on.
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