The mere mention of a new title is enough to send gamers into a frenzy. Since the successful release of 2008’s Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, fans have been waiting for a new major console release for the series.
With the story of Solid Snake finally having met its climax, the best we had to look forward to was prologues and side stories like what Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is set to offer.
Looks like Hideo Kojima has a hell of a prologue to tell.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is a direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and a prologue to an eventual Metal Gear Solid 5. This announcement explains series creator Hideo Kojima’s insistence on Peace Walker’s transition from portable game systems to consoles in order to ensure that all gamers have a chance to be familiar with the continuing tales of Big Boss, aka “Naked Snake”! That’s right, with all the conspiracy and mystery of Solid Snake’s life tied up it’s time to revisit dear old dad!
Peace Walker ended with the creation of the Outer Heaven mercenary group which, as fans know, will one day become the primary antagonists in the original Metal Gear on NES. A recent video showed at Pax Prime revealed the revival of the disbanded Fox Unit being led by a mysterious disfigured man. Some fans are speculating the disfigured individual could be a former antagonist of Naked Snake that has secretly managed to survive such as Hot Coldman or Volgin.
Ground Zeros is promising to deliver open-world gameplay and the traditional Metal Gear cinematic experience. The demo video showed a flawless shift between cut-scenes and gameplay. The entire environment is interactive – if you can see an area it means it’s possible to physically go there. Snake will be able to interact with vehicles and even call in chopper support for transportation and cover fire. While the series has always focused on stealth, Ground Zeros looks to give gamers more forceful options as well.
MGS4 remains one of my favorite games in the series due to how it managed to tie up all the loose ends of the story in the final cut-scene. Ground Zeros looks ready to add more to the mythos and pose more questions. Things running through my mind include whether or not the title is a reference to Major Zero or something more? How does the revelation of Fox Unit’s continued existence play into the future of FOXHOUND, the group created originally to hunt the unit down? It looks like Metal Gear fans are once again in for a hell of a ride!