Acclaimed video game designer Hideo Kojima had a much-publicized split from Konami a while back — and though he was the mastermind behind the Metal Gear franchise — the rights stayed at the developer. So what does Metal Gear look like without Kojima?
IGN reports the next title in the franchise will be Metal Gear Survive, a four-player stealth co-op game set within the Metal Gear universe. The story will be set directly after Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and follow the surviving members of Militaires Sans Frontières as they are transported through wormholes to an alternate universe to battle crystallized zombies (and a Metal Gear, apparently, to stay on theme).
In case you’re wondering: No, this synopsis is not an April Fool’s joke.
The developer says the game will offer a “fresh take” on the series’ famed stealth elements, but translate the setting into a “unique co-op setting” designed for a truly engrossing multiplayer experience. The trailer looks … interesting, though not really Metal Gear-esque. For what it’s worth, anecdotal reactions from fans have not been great. All we really want is a good Metal Gear game, regardless of who’s making it, but it seems Kojima’s exit is certainly being felt creatively.
Metal Gear Survive is set to hit Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2017.
Check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think: