IDW Media has just announced that they will be releasing Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game, designed by Emerson Matsuuchi.
While details are limited at this time IDW confirmed it will be a fully cooperative, miniatures board game. In terms of lore and story the board game will follow the first Metal Gear Solid video game. Playable characters will “Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal ‘Otacon’ Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja”. The main features of the game will be sandbox gameplay, a “dynamic AI system” and missions with different routes to victory.
For those unaware, Emerson Matsuuchi has a range of well received board game titles under his belt – including Century Spice Road, Century Eastern Wonders, Specter Ops and Reef. Alongside the announcement he had this to day:
“I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid. 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.”
Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development, followed this by saying:
“Having partnered with Konami in the past to adapt Metal Gear Solid into comics and produce all new stories in the Silent Hilluniverse, we are extremely excited to be partnering again to bring Metal Gear Solid to a new gaming medium: tabletop. 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.”
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will be shown off at E3 2019 but will not playable by the public at the event. However, IDW has already confirmed it will be available for demo at Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, San Diego Comic Con, and Gen Con.