Recently, Konami released a trailer for their upcoming Metal Gear entry without Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Survive. The upcoming game?s trailer shows Outer Heaven and other soldiers fighting off some zombies. However, some fans were able to dig information about former Metal Gear director Kojima?s ideas for a zombie game. Is Metal Gear Survive still Kojima?s idea?
Want to make a genuine zombie game.
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) April 29, 2013
On Kojima?s official Twitter account back in 2013, he expressed interest in making a zombie game. According to Edge [via Eurogamer] last 2007, Kojima?s idea for the zombie game is that players would not be able to control the game at all, but only watch their zombified character attack other humans. The only thing players could do was change the camera angles, Kojima said. However, Metal Gear Survive may not be this zombie game as the recently released trailer is action-packed.
Moreover, P.T and the cancelled Silent Hills project may fit Kojima?s vision for a ?zombie game? due to their horror themes. Historically, Konami?s Silent Hill franchise tackled survival horror albeit more on psychological horror and occult settings rather than scientifically reanimated corpses. Konami cancelled the Silent Hills project and Kojima left the company, so it?s possible that the upcoming Metal Gear zombie game may actually be purely envisioned by Konami, separate from Kojima?s previously directed Metal Gear entries.
As seen in the trailer from IGN, the story of Metal Gear Survive picks up after the Mother Base is destroyed, and the main Metal Gear characters have already left on a chopper. Other generic soldiers were mostly left for dead in the breaking facility. Suddenly, a swirling vortex in the sky absorbs the broken Mother Base, and all the soldiers on-site are taken to a seemingly different dimension.
The trailer shows the theme of ?Soldiers without Borders? as they must discard their previous allegiances and help each other find a way out of this dimension. The game veers more toward Action, Military, and Science Fiction than the zombie game that Kojima envisioned. Unless Konami implements a permadeath system, it?s entirely odd to implement Kojima?s ?zombie camera? feature in this game.
Additionally, Metal Gear Survive is the only AAA game that Konami announced besides the next entry of Pro Evolution Soccer after the company?s production shift and Kojima?s departure. Notable setback factors like the cancellation of Silent Hills, Kojima?s pending plan to leave the company at the time, and the company?s shift from AAA game development may have spurred Konami to prove to the public that they?re still making AAA games. However, we?ll have to wait for the game?s release to gauge Konami?s take on the Metal Gear series without Kojima on board.