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Five Solid Ideas For Where Metal Gear Can Go Next

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain served as Hideo Kojima’s swan song for the beloved franchise he created. There was a great deal of controversy surrounding the game, including production troubles during the buildup to release, culminating in Kojima parting ways with Konami to pursue new ideas at his own studio. However, before The Phantom Pain released, a statement from Konami said the company would be making new Metal Gear games even after Kojima was done with the series.

Earlier this summer, the trailer surfaced for a pachinko game based on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Die-hard Metal Gear fans reacted negatively to the trailer, expressing that this was not the future they wanted to see for the franchise. A Konami employee took to Reddit after the backlash over the pachinko game to assure fans that Metal Gear would be properly supported on consoles moving forward. We were recently given our first glimpse of the post-Kojima Metal Gear world with the trailer for Metal Gear Survive. While zombie survival may not be the way many expected a new Metal Gear to look, there are still a number of great ideas for a proper spin-off. Here are just a few directions a new Metal Gear game could take the series in.

The Joy
Metal Gear Solid 3’s pachinko treatment has fans particularly upset because it teased a revamped version of what some consider the best entry in the series. While the updated graphics and cinematics for the game are exclusive to the machine, there is no reason certain aspects of the story can’t be revisited in a future Metal Gear game. The most intriguing story that can spin out of Metal Gear Solid 3 would explore the history of The Boss (also known as The Joy). Her actions in Snake Eater set the entire Metal Gear Solid storyline into action, but it is her exploits in World War II that made her a legend on the battlefield.

Players encounter The Boss through the eyes of Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3. By this time, she has served as a mentor and role model to the young soldier for a number of years. Players are told how adept The Boss is in battle, and see it demonstrated through CQC takedowns and her expert tactics. During World War II, The Boss led the Cobra Unit the beaches of Normandy under the codename; a game that follows these events could offer a grounded look at war for the Metal Gear series, and tell an intimate and personal story that explores how this talented leader became one of the most important characters in the entire series.


Diamond Dogs
War is ever-present in the Metal Gear series, and some of the best explorations of the consequences of war in games have come in the form of first-person shooters. A hypothetical first-person shooter spin-off could run parallel to the most recent entry, The Phantom Pain. During the story of that game, players built and managed a private army of soldiers known as the Diamond Dogs. They took part in missions, collected resources, and maintained the conditions of Mother Base. A game focusing on the lives of the Diamond Dogs would offer a gritty, realistic vision of war set in the typically over-the-top world of Metal Gear.

Tweaking the objectives and missions from Metal Gear Online, this kind of game could focus on squad-based missions and cooperation, in addition to standard multiplayer gameplay modes. Ideally, these missions would feel like Grand Theft Auto Online heists or Destiny’s raids, emphasizing coordination and communication between a team. The dramatic setting of the Metal Gear universe could benefit by granting players control of regular soldiers in the world of nanomachines and giant mechs.

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Five Solid Ideas For Where Metal Gear Can Go Next

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain served as Hideo Kojima’s swan song for the beloved franchise he created. There was a great deal of controversy surrounding the game, including production troubles during the buildup to release, culminating in Kojima parting ways with Konami to pursue new ideas at his own studio. However, before The Phantom Pain released, a statement from Konami said the company would be making new Metal Gear games even after Kojima was done with the series.

Earlier this summer, the trailer surfaced for a pachinko game based on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Die-hard Metal Gear fans reacted negatively to the trailer, expressing that this was not the future they wanted to see for the franchise. A Konami employee took to Reddit after the backlash over the pachinko game to assure fans that Metal Gear would be properly supported on consoles moving forward. We were recently given our first glimpse of the post-Kojima Metal Gear world with the trailer for Metal Gear Survive. While zombie survival may not be the way many expected a new Metal Gear to look, there are still a number of great ideas for a proper spin-off. Here are just a few directions a new Metal Gear game could take the series in.

The Joy
Metal Gear Solid 3’s pachinko treatment has fans particularly upset because it teased a revamped version of what some consider the best entry in the series. While the updated graphics and cinematics for the game are exclusive to the machine, there is no reason certain aspects of the story can’t be revisited in a future Metal Gear game. The most intriguing story that can spin out of Metal Gear Solid 3 would explore the history of The Boss (also known as The Joy). Her actions in Snake Eater set the entire Metal Gear Solid storyline into action, but it is her exploits in World War II that made her a legend on the battlefield.

Players encounter The Boss through the eyes of Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3. By this time, she has served as a mentor and role model to the young soldier for a number of years. Players are told how adept The Boss is in battle, and see it demonstrated through CQC takedowns and her expert tactics. During World War II, The Boss led the Cobra Unit the beaches of Normandy under the codename; a game that follows these events could offer a grounded look at war for the Metal Gear series, and tell an intimate and personal story that explores how this talented leader became one of the most important characters in the entire series.


Diamond Dogs
War is ever-present in the Metal Gear series, and some of the best explorations of the consequences of war in games have come in the form of first-person shooters. A hypothetical first-person shooter spin-off could run parallel to the most recent entry, The Phantom Pain. During the story of that game, players built and managed a private army of soldiers known as the Diamond Dogs. They took part in missions, collected resources, and maintained the conditions of Mother Base. A game focusing on the lives of the Diamond Dogs would offer a gritty, realistic vision of war set in the typically over-the-top world of Metal Gear.

Tweaking the objectives and missions from Metal Gear Online, this kind of game could focus on squad-based missions and cooperation, in addition to standard multiplayer gameplay modes. Ideally, these missions would feel like Grand Theft Auto Online heists or Destiny’s raids, emphasizing coordination and communication between a team. The dramatic setting of the Metal Gear universe could benefit by granting players control of regular soldiers in the world of nanomachines and giant mechs.

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GI Show – “Metroid”, Metal Gear Survive, Interns’ Favorite Games

This week on The Game Informer Show, we tackle the reaction to internet over-reactions head on. It's a fun show this week as host Ben Hanson is joined by Kyle Hilliard, Brian Shea, and Dan Tack. We debate the merits of a spin-off experiences with Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Elder Scrolls Legends, Metal Gear Survive, and Final Fantasy XV's movie Kingsglaive. We know that's a lot of ground to cover, but we also throw in our impressions of Bound, 8-Bit Horde, and Grow Up. On top of that, Dan Tack has a bone to pick with No Man's Sky. After some great Emails from the community, in the back half of the show we say goodbye to our wonderful batch of interns by talking about Leo Vader, AJ Moser, Haley MacLean, and Blake Hester's favorite games this year and of all time.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 312 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

5:30 – Destiny's private matches
7:17 – Metroid Prime: Federation Force
21:23 – No Man's Sky's criticism
32:00 – Elder Scrolls Legends
35:15 – Bound
40:10 – 8-Bit Horde
42:50 – Grow Up
43:35 – Metal Gear Survive
53:28 – Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
1:04:40 – Community emails
1:38:40 – Interns Leo Vader, AJ Moser, Haley MacLean, Blake Hester 

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Konami’s Not Saying Much About Metal Gear: Survive

Konami surprised fans yesterday with an announcement trailer for Metar Gear: Survive, a four player co-op game that pits you and your teammates against biologically-infected zombies in an alternate universe. Attacking mindless zombies is a radically different direction for the series, and this is the first post-Kojima Metal Gear title from Konami since his departure. Unfortunately, Konami remains cagey with details, unable to provide much even as we pressed them during a presentation at Gamescom.

Set directly after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes where Mother Base was destroyed, it was believed that the stranded MSF soldiers were left to die. However, according to Metal Gear: Survive, a handful of those men survived when an unexplained wormhole opened up in the sky, sucking them all in and transporting them to an alternate universe. Along with them, debris of the Mother Base was dragged through the portal too. The new setting, a sandy desert wasteland similar to the world of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, is where you and your team must fight these mindless beings in order to survive.

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“The environment itself is treacherous, everything seems dangerous and trying to kill you,” says Konami brand manager Richard Jones. “Half-formed structures and components of Mother Base have been falling through these portals and are stuck here in the sand, and these places will act as shelter for you.”

Because Konami has so far been stingy with details, it’s unclear whether there will be classes, or whether any returning favorites from franchise exist in this world. What we do know, is that while the announcement trailer focused on action, stealth will remain a significant mechanic. “You need to work together in co-op, as well as utilizing stealth mechanics, which pertain to the series, in order to survive. You work together, sneaking around enemies, making distractions.”

“You will also master new weaponry,” continues Jones. Unfortunately, Konami was unable to confirm what these weapons will be, but the trailer showed the team using an explosive, spinning bow and arrow, a shotgun, and a spear. Even for questions as simple as, "why zombies?" were left unanswered. Without any further information to give us a clearer picture on what to expect, Konami promised that more details will be divulged at a later date.

Metal Gear: Survive is set to release in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Metal Gear Meets Zombie Apocalypse In Metal Gear Survive

Konami has announced its first post-Kojima Metal Gear game, and it's a bit off the beaten path. Metal Gear Survive takes place right after the end of Ground Zeroes, with members of the destroyed Mother Base ripped out of our reality and dropped into one much bleaker.

In Metal Gear Survive, up to four players team up to fight off "biological threats" that seem to look and function like mindless zombies. The trailer (via IGN)  even features a scene similar to one seen in The Walking Dead as former Mother Base soldiers clear the monsters from a fence.

While the cinematic trailer seems action-focused, Konami says the game is sealth-based. Metal Gear Solid Survive will be out in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Reader Discussion: What Do You Think Of The Metal Gear Survive Announcement?

So Metal Gear Survive, a co-op game that takes place at the end of Ground Zeroes, is uh a thing that's happening. There are improvised spears, cool looking arrows, and weird crystalized zombie monster things.

To be honest, we're not quite sure what to make of it. But hey, it's not a Pachinko machine!

How do you feel about this spin-off, readers? Does it infuriate you? Vex you? Maybe you think it'll be the Metal Gear game that finally teaches us that the real nanomachines were the friends we made along the way.

Sound off in the comments below!

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Did You Know Gaming Puts Spotlight On Metal Gear Solid 3

Did You Know Gaming's newest video sheds light on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, including its various influences from films such as Back to the Future to Predator

Other bits of trivia include how a dream sequence occurs after Snake is tortured by Colonel Volgin, and that the river in which Snake battles The Sorrow is inspired by The River of Three Crossings, which originates from Japanese buddhist beliefs. Watch the video below to see the full segment.

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Super Mario RPGMetal Gear Solid 2Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainWarioConker's Bad Fur DayBatman: Arkham Asylum,  the history of the Wii UNESPlayStation 2Nintendo 64, the DS, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

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Dark Horse To Publish Metal Gear Solid V Art Book

Konami and Dark Horse have teamed up to publish a book featuring exclusive concept art and designs from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. 

Both standard and limited editions of The Art of Metal Gear Solid V are available to pre-order today. The limited editions are restricted to 400 copies, and are "packaged in a tactical slipcase featuring an exclusive fine art print by superstar illustrator Ashley Wood."

You can pre-order the book at your local comic book store or at an online retailer such as AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Indiebound. It is expected to release November 2.

Dark Horse is also releasing an Uncharted 4 art book, which will be available by May 10. You can read our review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain here.

You can preview the cover of The Art of Metal Gear Solid V below.

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Konami Fultons Last Bit Of Dignity From Metal Gear In Ford Car Ads

Konami promised more Metal Gear is coming. But we suspect no one, especially the series’ most ardent fans, wanted this.

The publisher has teamed with Ford for ads using Metal Gear Solid scenes. There’s one featuring a Codec call with Colonel Campbell. Another features the fantastic, mind-bending Psycho Mantis scene. 

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I guess Hideo Kojima can feel relieved that Konami removed his name from these, too. Yikes.

With all the heat Konami has taken from Metal Gear fans over the messy divorce from Hideo Kojima, the decision to allow the series to promote a car company seems questionable. Then again, maybe denigrating the series is the intended effect, following Kojima's messy exit. We'll have to see if this endears fans to Ford or drives another wedge between Metal Gear faithful and Konami.\

For more on Metal Gear Solid, check out our in-depth interview with the actors behind the PlayStation 1 classic.

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