Metallic Gear Stable is in an odd place. Its creator, Hideo Kojima, now not works at Konami, however the writer nonetheless owns the rights to the sequence. Konami is already onerous at work growing Metallic Gear Survive, a spin-off that takes place in some unspecified time in the future between Metallic Gear Stable V: Floor Zeroes and Metallic Gear Stable V: The Phantom Ache and fills it out right into a co-op zombie survival sport.
Clearly, Konami is comfortable to maintain growing the sequence so it’s solely a matter of time till it units its sights on a extra full-blooded sequel, a Metallic Gear Stable 6.
When Konami does begin work on this successor, there’s a tonne of instructions it might take the sequence in. The Metallic Gear video games don’t observe a strict chronology, with three and 5 going down earlier than 1, 2, and four, so Metallic Gear Stable 6’s story might happen at any level alongside that chronology. It might even retell the occasions of earlier video games like Metallic Gear 1 and a couple of in gentle of the revelations on the finish of The Phantom Ache.
Since we will be exploring the story parts of the sequence, this web page goes to be peppered with SPOILERS. You might have been warned.
Minimize to the chase
- What’s it? The sixth sport within the Metallic Gear Stable sequence and the primary with out its auteur director, Hideo Kojima
- When’s it out? TBA
- What can I play it on? TBA (although, The Phantom Ache was launched on all main platforms)
Trailers and screenshots
There’s as a lot signal of a Metallic Gear Stable 6 trailer as there’s a fully-grown man infiltrating a navy base underneath a cardboard field. In spite of everything, Konami hasn’t even mentioned the sport publicly so a trailer or screenshot of it in motion can be sufficient to depart the web with an ideal huge exclamation mark above its head.
No, we’re not more likely to see something of a possible sequel till after the discharge of Metallic Gear Survive on February 22. We could get affirmation that the sport is in growth and perhaps even a glimpse of it in motion at E3 in June. Extra possible is Gamescom in August – it was there that Konami revealed Metallic Gear Survive again in 2016.
It’s troublesome to know when Konami would plan on releasing Metallic Gear Stable 6. In contrast to different main sequence, the Metallic Gear video games have by no means launched to a strict schedule. There have been seven years between Metallic Gear Stable four and 5, and 4 between three and four.
Nonetheless, a part of the rationale for his or her lengthy growth instances was the management Hideo Kojima had over the sequence, one thing that’s rumored to be behind his exit from Konami. With out Kojima in cost, it could be simpler for Konami to develop a brand new Metallic Gear Stable sport extra quickly than up to now – although what affect Kojima’s departure may have on the event is unattainable to say.
Metallic Gear Survive could maintain clues to a correct sequel. The sport is an ideal alternative for Konami to tease new threads within the Metallic Gear Stable universe, which a sixth entry might spin out into a brand new story.
Whereas we don’t even know Metallic Gear Stable 6 is in growth, we are able to guess at what points of Metallic Gear Stable 5 can be developed in a sequel.
Return to the sandbox
Floor Zeroes and The Phantom Ache noticed a marked shift within the Metallic Gear Stable format. In an analogous approach to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the video games took the important parts of the Metallic Gear sequence and spun them anew inside a sandbox atmosphere.
A sport recognized for enclosed environments the place you needed to establish and navigate enemy patrols, grew to become an open house so that you can assert management over. The change in philosophy rejuvenated the sequence and any sequel ought to proceed that, higher tying collectively the wealth of modifications Metallic Gear Stable 5 launched.
Extra Mom Base
First launched in Peace Walker, the Mom Base meta sport gave you one thing to develop between missions. By strapping Fulton balloons to enemy troopers you may establish and pluck significantly in a position troops from the battlefield, ship them to your base, and brainwash them to hitch your military. The extra troopers you had again at base the extra you may broaden your operations and talents within the discipline. It was an ingenious system, giving continuity to your missions and actions within the open world.
It was such a central half to Metallic Gear Stable 5 that it could depart an enormous gap if it had been lacking in Metallic Gear Stable 6. There’s a number of room to broaden it, too, by including new performance to the bottom and creating new alternatives to deliver your troopers into the sector. Who wouldn’t need to name in a helicopter loaded up along with your mercenaries to assist out in a mission?
Metallic Gear On-line
Konami invested a number of sources into Metallic Gear On-line, it was one a part of Metallic Gear Stable V that continued to be up to date after the sport’s launch – even the place there have been apparent gaps within the sport’s single participant that could possibly be plugged. *Cough* Episode 51 *Cough*. Any sequel would absolutely broaden on Metallic Gear On-line. It’s, in any case, prefer it or not, the place Konami could make its cash with microtransactions.
Metallic Gear Stable V ended with the revelation that you simply hadn’t been taking part in as Massive Boss, however as a person who had been brainwashed and surgically altered to assume and appear to be he was Massive Boss. It was a leftfield twist however one which explains how Snake kills Massive Boss twice within the Metallic Gear video games.
Within the first Metallic Gear, Snake kills the doppelganger (aka ‘Phantom’ Snake) and in Metallic Gear 2 he kills the true Massive Boss.
There are a lot of locations the place Metallic Gear Stable 6 might decide up the story however a possible candidate can be proper after the occasions of 5, both as Massive Boss establishing Outer Heaven, his renegade state, and growing the Metallic Gear strolling battle tank – which might give followers an opportunity to re-meet characters like Gray Fox and Dr Pettrovich, although from a brand new perspective; or, Konami might take the chance to remake the unique Metallic Gear video games within the glory of the Fox Engine, giving gamers a contemporary exploration of the story first advised on the MSX2 again in 1987.
After all, Konami might return earlier and inform the story of The Boss, Massive Boss’ mentor, the mom of US Particular Forces. In Metallic Gear Stable three we’re given hints of her actions in World Battle II, main the Cobra unit within the Battle of Normandy. It might be a pre-mech story, however it could possibly be an ideal departure from the sequence norms if Konami desires to flee the shadow of Kojima.
What we need to see
Whereas Konami disputes it, many individuals really feel Metallic Gear Stable 5 is unfinished. The sport’s remaining mission, Episode 51, was actually minimize from the sport, so there may be little decision with Eli, Massive Boss’ clone. At one level he steals a mech out of your base and disappears and also you simply by no means give chase. Whereas the The Phantom Ache’s collector’s version revealed what would have occurred within the minimize mission, it could be nice to really be capable to play that remaining half, and see Eli, the boy soldier change into Liquid Snake, your nemesis all through Metallic Gear Stable 1, 2, and four.
The fast wrap up of Metallic Gear Stable 5 additionally sees you given little time to course of the information that you simply’ve performed your complete sport as a phantom of Massive Boss, relatively than the person himself. You’re advised you’ll work collectively to ascertain Militaires Sans Frontieres however there are a lot of questions as to the way you’ll do that in a world the place you’re already being hunted by a number of governments and Cipher, the enemy pressure driving occasions in The Phantom Ache. It might be good to see a sequel flesh out these main parts.
Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami doesn’t must spell the top for Metallic Gear Stable, but when it’s going to proceed its most well-known sequence then it’s obtained so much to dwell as much as.