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Metal Gear Solid Becomes a Board Game

Jack Gardner



Konami announced that the company had teamed up with IDW Games to create a tabletop game based on their popular Metal Gear Solid franchise. IDW has made a name for itself in bringing licensed properties to the table with projects such as a Planet of the Apes board game, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with Munchkin, and even an adaptation of the classic Centipede arcade title. Metal Gear Solid will follow in the footsteps of those classics and become Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game.


Metal Gear Solid stood as one of Konami's flagship titles for well over a decade under the direction of game designer Hideo Kojima. Unfortunately, Kojima left Konami back in 2015 following the tumultuous development process of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This left Konami in a bit of a pickle regarding the series he had personally overseen and imbued with his own quirky personality. His absence was later felt in Metal Gear Survive's lackluster release earlier this year. 


IDW Games revealed today that the tabletop has been designed by Emerson Matsuuchi which should be good news for fans of the Metal Gear Solid series. The game follows the story line of the first Metal Gear Solid game with each player taking the role of pivotal characters like Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich, Meryl Silverburgh, Gray Fox, and, of course, Solid Snake himself. Each character possesses a unique skill that players will have to exploit to complete their objectives across each map. Missions can be completed in a variety of different ways as players contend with the open-ended gameplay and responsive AI of the enemies. IDW says that no two games will play out the same way. Matsuuchi is known for his work on Specter Ops, a well received stealth-action board game - very similar to Metal Gear Solid's core conceit.




It also helps that Matsuuchi has been a longtime fan of the Metal Gear franchise. “Ever since playing the first Metal Gear Solid, it has forever altered the way I view games. The story it told was so memorable and the gameplay experience so rich that it has shaped my expectation of games as both a designer and gamer," said Matsuuchi in the initial announcement from IDW. "The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the table has been an honor and dream come true. I’m excited to be able to capture the tactical stealth action that is the hallmark of the franchise as well as create a new experience and story for the Snake fans. Age hasn’t slowed him down one bit.”


This step into board games isn't as strange as it might initially appear. IDW has worked with Konami in the past to create a line of Silent Hill comics that ran from 2004 until 2008. Those interested in seeing Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game in action can expect it to make its first hands-on media appearances at E3 in 2019. There's no word yet on when fans might expect the tabletop to release, but there's a good chance we could see it either at the tail end of 2019 or early 2020. 


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