In case you missed it, Konami recently announced their first post-Kojima Metal Gear title. Titled Metal Gear Survive, it follows a new group of characters that get sucked through a wormhole to a parallel dimension overrun with zombie-like monsters. No, I'm not making that up and yes, the reception from fans has not been pleasant.
One of the many complaints the new title has received is the lack of any stealth gameplay; a core element of the entire franchise. Konami, however, has attempted to assuage peoples' worries that, despite the game's heavier focus on co-op, there will be stealth.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Konami's brand manager Richard Jones said:
"Obviously Metal Gear is well-known for its stealth, that is, primarily, what makes Metal Gear. There is stealth in it. I know when you're watching the trailer it's all very action-packed and it doesn't really elicit that feeling, but there will be stealth."
"One of the really interesting things that we will be exploring and playing with is how stealth and co-op can actually co-exist. We've formed gameplay that kind of allows and enhances that. We're not going into a lot of depth at the moment, but we will, obviously, in the future."
Jones also went into detail about Metal Gear Survive's new weapons, equipment and items and how they'll retain the franchise's core values:
"One of the things that Metal Gear is well-known for, and very good at, is giving you a vast array of equipment from weapons to items to all forms of devices and allowing you to experiment and use those creatively, and that is part of the fun and part of what makes Metal Gear... Metal Gear; it's the creativity around using your weapons and items. And it's something we've looked at and something which we're hoping to build upon with new weapons."
When asked if development on the game started before Hideo Kojima left the company in 2015, Johnson simply responded with "Yeah, we're not talking about that right now." He also confirmed that the game is currently being made in Japan but no developer or director were mentioned. Jones also mentioned that Metal Gear Survive won't be a $60 title.
Metal Gear Survive will be released in 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.