Fans of the Metal Gear Solid series will soon be able to experience the first game again in a new way, as it's being developed into a board game by IDW Games.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will allow up to four players to choose from four different characters who all possess their own unique abilities which can be used to complete objectives in what is being called a sandbox board game. You will be able to choose between playing Solid Snake, Hal Emmerich, Meryl Silverburgh, and Gray Fox, who will each have their own miniature in the game.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is meant to replicate the stealth-based gameplay of the Metal Gear Solid video game and will come with different maps and mission objectives which will ensure that no two games are the same. The description of the game makes it sound similar to Space Hulk and the mission book has different scenarios for reusing the maps.
The exact gameplay loop of Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game has yet to be revealed, but the game will be shown at E3 2019 and various conventions over the summer, so more information about a how a stealth-based board game will work should be revealed next year.
The artwork for Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will be created by Kenneth Loh, who has produced artwork for companies like Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and White Wolf, which has included work for franchises like Dungeons & Dragons and Exalted.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is being designed by Emerson Matsuuchi, who has previously created games such as Century: Spice Road, Reef, and a stealth-based board game called Specter Ops.
IDW has partnered with Konami in the past on other projects, including comic book series based on Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, so the license is in the hands of people who are familiar with the series.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game has a release date of 2019, but you shouldn't expect to see it until the later in the year, as the game is going to be demoed throughout the summer conventions.
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