Konami's fan-favorite stealth action game Metal Gear Solid is making a comeback in a new format, tabletop gaming. The company has partnered with IDW Games to develop Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game.
Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi, (the Century series, Reef, Specter Ops), it promises to be a fully cooperative, miniature board game that follows the story of the original Metal Gear Solid.
“I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid," Matsuuchi said in a statement. "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."
Playable characters include Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. Their unique skills will be put to the test in multiple campaign scenarios that, thanks to an A.I. system and sandbox gameplay, can play out many different ways. The game will feature miniatures by the highly regarded sculptor Francesco Orrù, and art from lifelong Metal Gear Solid fan and comics illustrator Kenneth Loh.
Debuting in 1998 for PlayStation, Metal Gear Solid is the system's 10th bestselling game, with 6 million copies worldwide. It spawned five sequels, and is part of an entire franchise of games and spinoffs that began in 1987 with Metal Gear for the MSX computer and later Nintendo.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is set for release in 2019. Gamers eager to sample it will have a chance to demo it at any of the following 2019 summer conventions: Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, San Diego Comic Con and Gen Con.