Will Metal Gear Solid 6 come true? We hope so, despite the fact that it’s been seven years since Metal Gear Solid 5’s release and publisher Konami still hasn’t announced that a new entry in their stealth series is in the works.
The Metal Gear series is certainly in a strange place. Its creator Hideo Kojima no longer works at Konami, but the publisher still owns the rights to the series. Since Kojima’s departure in 2015, Konami hasn’t done much with the Metal Gear series. The only game released since the author’s departure was 2018’s Metal Gear Survive, a spin-off of a co-op zombie survival game that was poorly received.
Since then, Konami has not shared its plans for the series, but a report from VGC (opens in new tab) states that the publisher plans to revive some of its biggest franchises, including Metal Gear. While it looks like some remasters are on the cards, a “bigger project” is apparently also in the works. Whether this will be a new entry in the current series, however, remains to be seen.
Want to know more? Read on for everything we know so far about Metal Gear Solid 6, including all the latest news and rumors.
SPOILER for the Metal Gear Solid series ahead. You have been warned.
- What is it? The sixth unconfirmed game in the Metal Gear Solid series
- When do you leave? To confirm
- What can I play on? To confirm
Metal Gear Solid 6 release date and platforms
As we said above, Konami has not officially announced Metal Gear Solid 6, so at the moment, a new entry in the stealth series is not confirmed.
As such, if Konami plans to release a new Metal Gear Solid game in the future, it’s hard to predict when we’ll be able to get our hands on it. Especially since, unlike other major series, Metal Gear games were never released on a strict schedule. It was seven years between Metal Gear Solid 4 and 5, and four between 3 and 4. If a new Metal Gear Solid game is in the pipeline, then it will mark the longest wait between entries in the series to date (as it currently is seven years). since Metal Gear Solid 5 was released).
However, part of the reason for its long development times was the control Hideo Kojima had over the series, something rumored to be behind his departure from Konami. Now, it’s possible that Kojima is the reason we’ve waited so long for a new entry in the Metal Gear Solid series, but for a very different reason. It’s hard to imagine a Metal Gear Solid game without Kojima at the helm, and since his departure from Konami, the studio is likely very aware of that. So without Kojima, we could see Konami trying to put its own stamp on the next installment of the current Metal Gear Solid series, or that the developer finds a different approach to keeping the series alive, potentially with a reboot of the series.
It is possible that we can see these two approaches, however. The VGC report states that Konami has a new Metal Gear project in early development and is also planning remasters of the original Metal Gear Solid games. Konami has not confirmed these plans, however.
We wonder if Metal Gear Solid 6, or some new entry in the series, will arrive on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC at the very least.
We hope that Konami will lift us out of our misery soon, potentially confirming this report. Given that Metal Gear’s 35th anniversary falls on July 13, this could be the perfect time to announce what’s happening with the series. It certainly looks like some sort of announcement will take place on that date, as generally speaking on the 35th anniversary of Metal Gear, a Konami spokesperson told TRG: “There’s nothing we can say right now.”
This may be wishful thinking, and even if Konami isn’t working on Metal Gear Solid 6, we expect some Metal Gear news to be on the way.
Metal Gear Solid 6 news and rumors
The 35th Anniversary website was fake, but something could be on the way.
On April 1st, a fake website (opens in new tab) appeared online, with the splash screen showing a Metal Gear exclamation point with ’35th’ written below it. This has led some to believe that news about a Metal Gear or Metal Gear Solid game is on the way as part of the 35th anniversary of the Metal Gear series in July.
However, Konami confirmed to TRG that the site was fake. “This site is not the Konami site,” a Konami spokesperson told TRG. “We are currently considering how to handle this site.”
But don’t be too disheartened Metal Gear fans, as it looks like Konami may have something in the works for the anniversary on July 13th. Speaking generally about Metal Gear’s 35th anniversary, the spokesperson told TRG: “There’s nothing we can say right now.”
We’ll likely learn more about what Konami has planned for the anniversary in the coming months. Let’s just hope it’s something juicy.
It might not be Metal Gear Solid 6
According to the aforementioned report by VGC, anonymous publishing sources claim that publisher Konami is working on “new installments and remakes for its biggest franchises, including Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania.
According to the report, Konami underwent a restructuring earlier this year and is now focusing on reviving its biggest franchises in the premium gaming space.
The VGC report claims that Konami does indeed have a new Metal Gear project in early development, with the publication’s sources claiming that this project will be “centered on” Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Ahead of this “bigger project”, the report states that the publisher plans to release remasters of the original Metal Gear Solid games. Konami has not confirmed these plans, however.
Metal Gear Solid 6: what we want to see
Metal Gear Solid 6 may not have been confirmed by Konami, but here’s what we’d like to see in a new Metal Gear Solid game.
Back to the sandbox
Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain saw a marked shift in the Metal Gear Solid format. Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the games took essential elements from the Metal Gear series and turned them back into a sandbox environment.
A game known for indoors where you had to identify and navigate enemy patrols, has become an open space for you to assert control. The change in philosophy has rejuvenated the series and any sequel should stay that way, better uniting the wealth of changes introduced by Metal Gear Solid 5.
More Mother Base
First introduced in Peace Walker, the Mother Base metagame gave you something to develop between missions. By tying Fulton balloons to enemy soldiers, you can identify and pull particularly capable troops off the battlefield, deliver them to your base, and brainwash them into joining your army. The more soldiers you have at the base, the more you can expand your operations and skills in the field. It was an ingenious system, continuing its missions and actions in the open world.
It was such a central part of Metal Gear Solid 5 that it would leave a big hole if it was missing from Metal Gear Solid 6. There’s plenty of room to expand on it too, adding new functionality to the base and creating new opportunities to bring your soldiers into the field. Who wouldn’t want to call in a helicopter loaded with their mercenaries to help with a mission?
Metal Gear Online
Konami put a lot of resources into Metal Gear Online, it was a part of Metal Gear Solid 5 that continued to be updated after the game’s release – even where there were obvious gaps in the game’s single-player that could be plugged in. *Cough* Episode 51 *Cough*. Any sequel would certainly expand on Metal Gear Online. After all, it is, like it or not, where Konami can make money from microtransactions.
Metal Gear Solid 5 ended with the revelation that you weren’t playing as Big Boss, but as a man who had been brainwashed and surgically altered to think and look like he was Big Boss. It was a left-field twist, but one that explains how Snake kills Big Boss twice in the Metal Gear games.
In the first Metal Gear, Snake kills the doppelganger (aka ‘Venom’ Snake) and in Metal Gear 2 he kills the real Big Boss.
There are plenty of places where Metal Gear Solid 6 could pick up the story, but a likely candidate would be right after the events of 5, whether it’s like Big Boss establishing Outer Heaven, its renegade state, and developing the Metal Gear walking battle tank – whatever fans the chance to re-encounter characters like Gray Fox and Dr. Pettrovich, albeit from a new perspective; or, Konami could take the opportunity to remake the original Metal Gear games in Fox Engine glory, giving gamers a modern exploration of the story first told on MSX2 in 1987.
Of course, Konami could come back sooner and tell the story of The Boss, mentor to Big Boss, mother of the US Special Forces. In Metal Gear Solid 3, we get hints of her actions in WWII, leading the Cobra unit in the Battle of Normandy. It would be a pre-mechanical story, but it could be a major departure from series norms if Konami wants to escape Kojima’s shadow.
While Konami contests, many people feel that Metal Gear Solid 5 is unfinished. The game’s final mission, Episode 51, was literally cut from the game, so there’s little resolution with Eli, the clone of Big Boss. At one point he steals a mech from your base and disappears and you just never chase him. While The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition revealed what would have happened in the hack mission, it would be great to be able to actually play that final part and see Eli, the boy soldier, become Liquid Snake, his enemy in Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 4.
Metal Gear Solid 5’s quick closure also gives you little time to process the news that you’ve played the entire game as a ghost of Big Boss rather than the man himself. It is said that they will work together to establish Militaires Sans Frontieres, but there are a lot of questions about how you will do that in a world where you are already being hunted by various governments and Cipher, the enemy force driving the events in The Phantom Pain. It would be nice to see a sequel detailing these key elements.
Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami doesn’t have to mean the end of Metal Gear Solid, but if it’s going to continue his most famous series, then there’s plenty to do.