Konami: Metal Gear Survive Will Include Stealth, “Co-Op Is Only One of the Gameplay Mechanics”

August 18, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

Following yesterday’s announcement of Metal Gear Survive, Konami Brand Manager Richard Jones sat down with Eurogamer to discuss the 1-4 player co-op survival game coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2017.

As shown in the trailer, Survive sees your soldier waking up in a desert landscape after being pulled through a wormhole. It isn’t just the structures being pulled into the wormhole though, with other staff also being pulled through. This is where the co-op part of the game comes in, as you’ll need to work together as a team in order to survive.

Jones adds that co-op is just one part of Metal Gear Survive, and stealth will still be important:

Co-op is only one of the gameplay mechanics. 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 and 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 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.

Speaking with Game Informer, Jones said the co-op will see you working together, “sneaking around enemies, making distractions.” He then told VG247, “Most of the gameplay will be focused on co-op play. So trying out missions with different styles, working with each other to experiment with tactics, that kind of thing. In general there is a lot of replayablility around trying different missions from a progression standpoint, from a tactical standpoint with three other friends.”

Jones also teased that the biological threats in the trailer are “just a little taste of some of the things that you will encounter in this new alternative landscape.” To help fight these enemies, “there will be new and alternative weapons,” and you’ll be given the freedom to be creative with your weapons and items.

When Eurogamer asked Jones if Metal Gear Survive began development before Hideo Kojima left the company, and if they have a director yet, he said they weren’t talking about that yet. He was, however, able to confirm at gamescom that it’s being developed in Japan and “it’s a side-story, a spin-off if you will, that takes place in an alternate timeline.”

Finally, Konami told Polygon that Metal Gear Survive will be under $60 ($30 is likely) and there will be a retail release. If you’re looking for more details on the possibility of single-player, how it fits into the rest of the series, and what other features are included, Konami said they’ll give out that information at some point the future.

For a closer look at Metal Gear Survive, check out the screenshot gallery below.

[Source: Eurogamer, Game Informer, VG247, Polygon, Metal Gear Survive]