First Metal Gear Solid game without Kojima suffers big setback

When you have a legendary gaming franchise and you take out one of the key ingredients, it never feels quite right. It’s like having a different artist trying to copy someone’s style, it just doesn’t always hit the same notes. It’s why Bioshock 2 felt more like an imitation than the real deal, yet Infinite was in a completely different setting but still felt exactly like Bioshock.

After parting ways with Kojima, and after it was revealed how terrible Konami was treating him while he worked there, it’s a big slap in the face that they’re working on a new Metal Gear game without him.

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Metal Gear Survive is a 4 player co-op survival game that aims to cash in on the Metal Gear name without having the key ingredient of Kojima on board, and things aren’t going great so far. Survive takes place after Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, in some kind of weird alternate timeline caused by wormholes. You’ll be stuck on a desert where nothing’s quite right, from weird structures all over the place to odd biological threats.

Konami has described the upcoming game, saying it takes…: 

“A divergent look at the familiar Metal Gear themes and pursues a fresh spirit of exploration in unique gameplay mechanics.”

This title was originally expected to be released in 2017, however in a statement to Polygon, Konami have revealed that they were forced to push it back until 2018 in order to give the development team more time to finish things off. Hopefully that just means a little extra polish and to improve it, rather than a complete disaster.

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The initial trailer from the game racked up over 125,000 dislikes and only around 22,000 likes, with one commenter stating “You could say the Metal Gear Solid franchise has been… Left 4 Dead.” People are fiercely loyal to Kojima for making Metal Gear Solid games, not to the franchise itself, and so people who were previously fans of Metal Gear Solid are much more likely to be hyped for Death Stranding than whatever ways Konami finds to milk this series.