Konami has released an announce trailer for the next game in the Metal Gear series, and it’s a bit different than fans are used to. The game is the first in the franchise without creator Hideo Kojima, who parted ways with Konami after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released, involved.
As you’ll see in the trailer, the game, which is titled Metal Gear Survive, looks…well it looks pretty strange. Much different from the usual Metal Gear game. At first no one had a clue what was going on in the trailer, but thankfully some information on what the game actually is has since been revealed.
Continue below to learn more and watch the trailer.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Konami brand manager Richard Jones offered a lengthy explanation of what Metal Gear Survive is:
“So as you can see from the trailer, Survive is set after the events of Ground Zeroes. The Mother Base that had been built up during the Peacewalker storyline gets sabotaged from within and destroyed; that all collapses into the sea. Boss and Miller managed to escape, and they go off and have a few adventures which obviously we all know from The Phantom Pain. Unfortunately, not all of the Mother Base staff get off alive, so some of them are left stranded. But, before anything else untimely happens, they end up being pulled through a wormhole. So, an unexplained wormhole opens up and pulls the staff, parts of mother base, other items and all sorts of detritus through.
When your soldier wakes up, they are in a desert landscape. A very forbidding, foreboding, alien-looking landscape with lots of twisted wreckage and lots of things that have fallen through this wormhole. So you’ll find half-formed, half-destroyed structures and all kinds of interesting stuff there. But it’s not only the structures that are being pulled through; a lot of staff have also come through. So this is where the co-op comes into this game. You’re not alone; there are other people there, and in order for you to survive and in order to be successful, you need to work as a team. in order to do that you need to work strategically, and work to your strengths.
Co-op is only one of the gameplay mechanics. Obviously Metal Gear is well-known for its stealth, that is, primarily, what makes Metal Gear. There is stealth in it, I know when you’re watching the trailer it’s all very action-packed and it doesn’t really elicit that feeling, but there will be stealth and one of the really interesting things that we will be exploring and playing with is how stealth and co-op can actually co-exist. We’ve formed gameplay that that kind of allows and enhances that. We’re not going into a lot of depth at the moment, but we will, obviously, in the future.
You’ve got your co-op, you’ve got your stealth, and you will have seen what we’re calling our massive biological threats in the trailer. Let me assure you, those are just a teaser, just a little taste of some of the things that you will encounter in this new alternative landscape. If you watch the trailer to the end you’ll see a camera pan that kind of elicits a few suggestions, but I won’t say more than that.
In order to help you manage these threats there will be new and alternative weapons. One of the things that Metal Gear is well-known for, and very good at, is giving you a vast array of equipment from weapons to items to all forms of devices and allowing you to experiment and use those creatively. And that is part of the fun and part of what makes Metal Gear Metal Gear; it’s the creativity around using your weapons and items. And it’s something we’ve looked at and something which we’re hoping to build upon with new weapons.”
The Phantom Pain just came out in 2015, so it’s surprising that this game is already planned for a 2017 release. However, Konami has also revealed that Metal Gear Survive won’t be a full-priced game. This has led many to believe that it will be more along the lines of Ground Zeroes, the short prologue game released prior to Phantom Pain.