Hideo Kojima Responds To Konami’s ‘Metal Gear Survive’ Game

Soldiers? Check. Guns? Check. Zombies? One of these is not like the others.

We’ve already seen that Konami is pushing Metal Gear Survive, the latest in the franchise’s installments since the departure of creator Hideo Kojima. Critics everywhere continue to weigh in on his exit, and even more are most likely wondering what he feels about Konami’s upcoming shooter game.

The general impression is that Metal Gear Survive won’t be a good game. Such a thought comes from the fact that there are zombies involved, and the game’s premise doesn’t lend aid to the disaster that many believe are coming. While we still don’t know the entirety of the details that surround Metal Gear Survive, it’s clear that this game is unlike others before it.

In a report by IGN, it’s revealed that Hideo Kojima weighed in on Metal Gear Survive. He has been part of the driving force that has made the Metal Gear series what it is. His reveal of information on Death Stranding during the Tokyo Game Show brought with it his thoughts on Survive.

“That’s nothing to do with me!”

Could that have been a shot at Konami? It would seem so. The end of the relationship between creator and company was less than amicable. So much so that fan reactions were negative toward Konami for quite a while. Memes and the like continue to flow. Even Norman Reedus, actor and star to the Death Stranding video game, threw up a meme that supported Kojima at the expense of Konami.

“The Metal Gear games are about political fiction and espionage,” Hideo continued. “Where do zombies fit in with that?”

The trailer for Metal Gear Survive shows us that zombies appear to be the main opposition. This is a takeaway from the Metal Gear series, as players have usually only had to deal with mechanical beings and humans.

“If I had worked on that game, it would have mechs in it,” Konami former character and mechanical designer Yoji Shinkawa said. He, too, is working on Death Stranding.

As you can see, the direction of Metal Gear Survive is moving in a different way than what Kojima would have done. This speaks volumes for the original impression of the game. However, there are some who believe that the game may thrive. In a report by Forbes, we see that Metal Gear Survive retains its stealth elements and execution. There seems to be plenty of action from what we’ve seen in the trailers. Players will be able to come together for co-op missions, and characters appear to possess different skills. Though it’s unclear, perhaps Konami intends to give characters a plethora of abilities unique to that character.

There’s also the matter of Metal Gear Survive not being released at full price. The standard amount for new games retails at $60. Metal Gear Survive will come at a retail value of $30. Fans may be more convinced to dive into this title with the price being dropped in half. If the graphics and execution are any indication, perhaps this Metal Gear will grow on those who are less than pleased with Konami.

There doesn’t appear to be a release date for Metal Gear Survive, though it’s estimated that consumers will be able to get their hands on the game sometime in 2017. It would seem to be a smart move if Konami kept revealing more on the game, especially if they hope to gain fan interest.

What do you think about zombies in a Metal Gear game? Do you believe that Metal Gear Survive will be a great title? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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