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The world was more than a little surprised when Konami went and dropped a reveal trailer for a new Metal Gear game earlier this week. However, it turns out the games existence isn't the weirdest part. No, the crazy part is that Metal Gear: Survive will apparently attempt to meld together two different gameplay mechanics that don't seem like they belong together, co-op and stealth.
[O]ne 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.
The Metal Gear series has always been heavily focused on stealth as its core mechanic. However, when Metal Gear: Survive was revealed this week at Gamescom, it didn't look like traditional Metal Gear gameplay. It looked much more like a co-op, third-person shooter. However, in an interview with Eurogamer, Konami Brand Manager Richard Jones not only confirmed that stealth would be a major part of the game, but that, somehow, the stealth would be integrated with the game's co-op functionality.
Needless to say, it's hard to understand exactly how these two antithetical ideas would work. Stealth can be difficult enough in video games when you're only controlling one character and trying to stay out of sight. How exactly four people are going to do such a thing successfully seems like a recipe for disaster and quite possibly the end of friendships. Konami wouldn't say much more, based on the article it appears they really didn't want to give too much information about Metal Gear Survive this early.
Of course, Metal Gear Survive is all anybody would really want to talk about. Given the very high-profile divorce between Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima and Konami, they kept the brands, he kept the respect, it was not only a bit surprising to see a new game at all, but especially so early. Following the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami had made comments implying that console gaming would not be their focus going forward, instead, focusing their efforts on mobile titles and their pachinko machine business in Japan.
One additional item that may give an indication as to how Metal Gear: Survive came seemingly out of nowhere. Konami did specify that Survive would not be a full retail price title. While no price point was given, the implication is that the new game will be something more along the lines of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes than it will be a full entry in the series. This may be an attempt to test the waters and see what the reception to Metal Gear: Survive is like before moving forward with anything more substantial.
What do you think of a co-op stealth title? Will you be giving Metal Gear: Survive a shot? Let us know in the comments.