Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game has been officially announced by Konami and IDW Games for a 2019 release.
Revealed through IDW Games, the tabletop game is designed by Emerson Matsuuchi, who previously designed the Century game series, Reef and Specter Ops. It will feature miniatures designed by sculptor Francesco Orrù and art from comic artist Kenneth Loh.
Described as a fully cooperative miniatures board game, it tells the story of the first Metal Gear Solid originally released on the PlayStation in 1998, letting players take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Otacon and Gray Fox. They each have unique skill sets used to avoid detection while completing objectives across multiple campaign scenarios.
The game allegedly features a “highly dynamic A.I. system and sandbox gameplay” allowing for missions to be completed in various different ways. Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will be playable at E3 2019 through booked play sessions from June 8-10. It will also appear at Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, San Diego Comic-Con and Gen Con throughout summer 2019.
“I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid,” said Matsuuchi. “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. So 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.”
“Having partnered with Konami in the past to adapt Metal Gear Solid into comics and produce all new stories in the Silent Hill universe, we are extremely excited to be partnering again to bring Metal Gear Solid to a new gaming medium: tabletop,” said Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development. “We know this a beloved franchise with a die-hard fan base, and as such we’re putting all of our energy into producing a premium gaming experience that is exciting to play over and over again.”
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