Now that visionary Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has departed to do his own (pretty cool-looking) thing, Konami is inching closer to revealing how it’ll handle the iconic series without the guidance of the man who made it all happen in the first place.
Following a months-long drip feed of screen shots and a cinematic trailer for Metal Gear Survive, the series' first post-Kojima title, we’ve finally gotten a full five minutes of actual gameplay footage.
Konami shared a slice of the game’s single-player mode with IGN, and it’s filled with gameplay conventions that fans of MGS games have come to expect: a macabre story setup, stealth mechanics, highly customizable weapons, and … zombies?
Yeah, the game’s earlier trailer kind of suggested we’d be dealing with the undead, but now that we’ve seen some actual gameplay, it’s becoming clear that Metal Gear Survive is going to rely plenty on zombie hordes to deliver some decidedly non-stealth moments of melee mayhem.
While introducing zombies may seem to some like a move from left field, remember — this is a series that has brought us the likes of Vamp, Psycho Mantis, and Laughing Octopus. So what’s a few thousand more disposable, shambling undead in the always-unpredictable, ever-expanding MGS universe?
The game’s third-person perspective is set up for four-way co-op play, though the game's AI will handle your team chores when in single-player mode. Metal Gear Survive is set to release in March for current-gen game consoles and PC, so it won’t be long before we’ll know much more about how Kojima’s departure has — or hasn’t — altered the look and feel of the MGS series as a whole.
As for Kojima, he’s plenty busy leaving his auteur’s mark on Death Stranding, his first game since his breakup with Konami.
Tentatively slated for a release in 2019 (but we all know how these things tend to go), Death Stranding is a single-player action game that stars The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus as the good guy, and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen as the still-enigmatic bad guy.