The future of Konami’s highly successful ‘Metal Gear’ series was clouded after creator Hideo Kojima left. Konami assured fans that the franchise will continue despite Kojima’s departure and they have made good on their promise with the unveiling of Metal Gear Survive a co-op survival game. This will be the first game in the Metal Gear franchise in the famed director’s absence, and fans are no doubt curious to see his views on the spinoff and whether he played any part in the development of the game. But it appears as though Kojima has had no involvement in the project.
When questioned about the subject during his stage presentation at the 2016 Tokyo Game Show Kojima took the chance to distance himself from the game Metal Gear Survive. When asked whether the idea for Survive had come from Kojima himself, he replied, “That’s nothing to do with me!
“The Metal Gear games are about political fiction and espionage,” he continued. “Where do zombies fit in with that?”
Alongside Kojima on stage was former character and mechanical designer Yoji Shinkawa who also denied any involvement with the upcoming game joking that if he had “worked on that game, it would have mechs in it.”
Following a shift from console gaming to pachinko machines, the criticism from fans on the Metal Gear Survive announcement, and finally Kojima and Shinkawa distancing themselves, Konami face a massive challenge in winning back the hearts of all its fans. After the large amount of criticism the company has pleaded with it’s fans to keep an open mind about Metal Gear Survive.
Whether Metal Gear Survive will be a worthy addition or a bitter disappointment remains to be seen.
Metal Gear Survive is slated for release in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.