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When Metal Gear Survive was announced earlier this year, a lot of folks made note of how quickly Konami was cranking out a new title on the heels of last year's Metal Gear Solid V. Well, as it turns out, there's a very good reason for that.
So it looks like assets from Metal Gear Solid V were straight-up lifted and dropped into Metal Gear Survive.
Last week, Konami showed off the first bit of gameplay for Metal Gear Survive, the follow-up to Hideo Kojima's legendary Metal Gear Solid series. Long story short, the director and the publisher had a messy falling out, Kojima is off making Death Stranding now and Konami has decided to keep the Metal Gear series alive with a new spin on the old formula.
As shown off in last week's Tokyo Game Show demonstration, that new direction is, as the title suggests, a cooperative survival game. Rather than to infiltrate bases solo like in most MGS games, players are encouraged to work as a team to take out enemies quickly and quietly as they try to gather resources, build defenses, and find a way back home. You've been sucked into an alternate dimension, where deadly zombie-like creatures roam the landscape.
The gameplay for Metal Gear Survive actually looked pretty interesting. The mechanics of the series aren't super well suited to taking down hordes of fast-moving enemies, but the players managed to get the job done.
It's clear from the get-go that the same engine, assets, etc. from Metal Gear Solid V are being used in Survive, but it turns out that we're talking about more of a cut and paste job than simply shared assets. Sure, the new alternate dimension looks a bit different and is covered in more debris but, as a video recently posted to Youtube by user rensehin demonstrates, folks who played the most recent Metal Gear are going to feel right at home in Survive, but kind of in a bad way.
As you can see, there are numerous differences between the two playthroughs but, for the most part, we're looking at an altered camp lifted straight out of Metal Gear Solid V and dropped into Metal Gear Survive. A lot of work clearly went into sprucing the place up and all, but it's not super common for a level in one game to be directly dropped into the next, even if some buildings and structures have been added, deleted or moved.
But I guess the real question is, does this matter? The gameplay is pretty unique and elements have been added to allow for some creative kills and more cooperative infiltration options. Also, this is just one map we're looking at, so there's no telling if the rest of the game has been lifted from MGSV or if this was just done to begin the building process and have something to show nice and early.
We are, of course, interested in hearing your take in the comments section below.