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Metal Gear Survive gameplay trailer shows off zombies

In advance of the late-January beta event and the February release, a 5-minute gameplay trailer shows off what you can expect when the game comes out.

No Hideo

The new game is the first without series creator Hideo Kojima, who has not been involved in this title whatsoever, even dissing the game during interviews by saying:

“I’m not involved at all, and I don’t know anything about it. Personally speaking, Metal Gear Solid is espionage to me, political fiction. I don’t think zombies would appear in such a world.”

I can completely see what Hideo means, with this new trailer looking far more like a new Dead Rising or Resident Evil spinoff than an actual Metal Gear game.

Where previous games used the base and team building mechanics to tell the story of a band of mercenaries fighting on a world stage, Survive uses these elements to construct a zombie action game with some sort of VR/dimension-hopping thrown in for good measure. The story looks incomprehensible from the info released so far… but in fairness that actually makes it feel more Metal Gear!

The trailer above does have some entertaining bits for sure. The craftable flaming weapons look fun and using the balloons to hoist zombies in the air for easy dismemberment also made me giggle.

The base building (which is no longer menu-based but a full crafting and layout affair) also looks quite fun, planning out how to prevent the undead hordes from storming your sanctuary.

Zombies and aliens (maybe spoilers?)

In other news coming out about Survive, the recent ESRB rating has been announced, which indicates that the game will include “crystalline alien creatures”. There will also be use of the word “shit” in dialogue – brace yourselves everyone. Oh yeah, and plenty of blood splatter and graphic injury depictions associated with smashing infected soldiers into bits (obviously).

The mention of alien creatures is news which has been kept quiet so far, although they could be a late-game entry. There’s no other details about them, so hopefully the ESRB rating hasn’t spoiled too much about the game and can still surprise and/or confuse the crap out of players when the arrive mid-game.


If you want to try the new game, a beta event is running from 18 January until 21 January 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One – more information on the official webpage.

The game will be officially released on 22 February 2018 in Europe (20 February in the US).

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