Last Wednesday a trailer dropped for Metal Gear Survive showing off gameplay for the single player campaign. There have been a lot of questions about Metal Gear Survive, many related to the departure from the series’ longstanding canonical narrative. Commentary in the trailer provided by game producer Yuji Korekado explains that though the events of Metal Gear Survive take place alongside Metal Gear Solid V, the story is intended to be a non-canon like some of the extra missions in Ground Zeroes. Following the attack on Snake’s mercenary army seen at the end of Ground Zeroes, several soldiers are sucked through a wormhole into an alternate apocalyptic storyline where players must scavenge for food and defend their base camp from hordes of zombies.
The trailer introduces the base camp location integral to the single player and co-op modes of Metal Gear Survive, and highlights some of the new Survive gameplay elements such as hunting animals for food, crafting items, using melee weapons, farming crops, and building your camp to withstand assaults from “wanderers.”
Also revealed in the trailer: Metal Gear Survive will be holding a beta from January 18-21, 2018, available to download for PS4 and Xbox One players. Participants in the beta will receive an in-game bonus with the purchase of the full game. Bonus items include a Foxhound name plate, an accessory Metal Gear Rex Head and accessory bandana.
It is difficult to not have extreme feelings about the upcoming release of Metal Gear Survive, considering its drastic departure from Metal Gear’s soaring narrative that has been constructed over the course of thirty years. Konami has taken risks with non-canon games in the past, such as the Metal Gear Acid series for the PSP. But considering that Metal Gear Survive is the first game released since the departure of creator Hideo Kojima, many lifelong fans wonder what the narrative says about the future direction of the property. While some fans have remained skeptical in the comments section, others confess that the gameplay looks like a pretty fun use of the Fox Engine.
More will be revealed during beta weekend in January. Though I am an overly committed fan who’s played Portable Ops and owns the Metal Gear Solid graphic novel, I’ve decided I’m putting a lid on some of the big feelings I have until the release of Metal Gear Survive in February. Perhaps if we decide to take the zombie narrative as seriously as we did the Genolla monster in the VR Missions, we may discover we have an entertaining game in Metal Gear Survive.
Metal Gear Survive beta will be held January 18th through the 21st. The official release is scheduled for February 20th 2018. Check back here for our full review and more information about this upcoming title.