Will Metal Gear Solid 6 ever be a reality? We hope so, even though it's been seven years since the release of Metal Gear Solid 5 and publisher Konami has yet to announce that a new entry in its stealth series is in the works.
However, the Metal Gear series is definitely 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 poorly received spin-off of a co-op zombie survival game.
Since then, Konami hasn't shared its plans for the series, but a report from VGC (opens in a new tab) states that the publisher is planning to relaunch some of its biggest franchises, including Metal Gear. While it looks like some remasters are in the works, a "bigger project" is also apparently in the works. Whether this will be a new entry in the current series remains to be seen.
You want to know more? Read on for everything we know about Metal Gear Solid 6 so far, including the latest news and rumours.
SPOILERS for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid series. You were warned.
- What is it? The unconfirmed sixth game in the Metal Gear Solid series
- When does it come out? To confirm
- What can I play in? To confirm
Metal Gear Solid 6 release date and platforms
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As we said earlier, Konami hasn't officially announced Metal Gear Solid 6, so at this time, a new entry in the stealth series is unconfirmed.
As such, if Konami plans to release a new Metal Gear Solid game in the future, it's hard to predict when we might get our hands on it. Mainly because, unlike other major series, the Metal Gear games were never released on a strict schedule. There were 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 cards, then it will mark the longest wait between entries in the series to date (as it has currently done). It's been seven years since Metal Gear Solid 5 was released.)
However, part of the reason for its long development time was the control Hideo Kojima had over the series, something that was said to be behind his departure from Konami. Now, Kojima may be 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 its release by Konami, the studio is likely well aware of that. So without Kojima, we could see Konami try to put their own stamp on the next installment of the current Metal Gear Solid series, or the developer find a different approach to keeping the series alive, potentially with a series reboot.
However, we may see both approaches. VGC's 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. However, Konami has not confirmed these plans.
We imagine that if Metal Gear Solid 6, or a new entry in the series, is on the way, it will at least come to PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.
We hope that Konami will put us out of our misery soon, which could confirm this report. With Metal Gear's 35th anniversary taking place on July 13, this might be the perfect time to announce what's going on with the series. It certainly looks like some kind of announcement will be made on that date, generally speaking of Metal Gear's 35th anniversary, a Konami spokesperson told TRG: "There's nothing we can say at the moment."
That could be wishful thinking, and while Konami isn't working on Metal Gear Solid 6, we're hoping Metal Gear news is on the way.
Metal Gear Solid 6 News and Rumors
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The 35th anniversary site was wrong, but something could happen.
On April 1, a fake site appeared online (opens in a new tab), with the home screen displaying a Metal Gear exclamation mark with "35th" written below it. This has led some to believe that news of 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 Konami's site," a Konami spokesperson told TRG. "We are currently considering how to manage this site."
But don't cower too much, Metal Gear fans, because it looks like Konami has something in the works for the July 13th anniversary. Speaking generally about Metal Gear's 35th anniversary, the spokesperson told TRG: "There is nothing we can say at this time."
We'll likely learn more about what Konami has planned for the anniversary in the coming months. Let's hope it's something juicy.
It may not be Metal Gear Solid 6
According to the aforementioned VGC report, unnamed editorial sources claim that publisher Konami is working on "new episodes and remakes for its biggest franchises, including Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania."
According to the report, Konami underwent a shakeup earlier this year and is now focused on reviving its biggest franchises in the high-end gaming space.
VGC's report claims that Konami has a new Metal Gear project in early development, and the publication's sources claim that this project will "focus on" Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Ahead of this "bigger project," the report claims that the publisher plans to release remasters of the original Metal Gear Solid games. However, Konami has not confirmed these plans.
Metal Gear Solid 6: what we want to see
Konami may not have confirmed Metal Gear Solid 6, but this is 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 change in the format from Metal Gear Solid. Like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the games took core elements of the Metal Gear series and recreated them in a sandbox setting.
A game known for its closed environments where you had to identify and navigate enemy patrols has become an open space that you can exercise control over. The change in philosophy has rejuvenated the series and any sequel should continue to do so, better tying together the myriad of changes introduced by Metal Gear Solid 5.
No more mother base
First introduced in Peace Walker, the Mother Base metagame gave you something to grow between missions. By attaching Fulton balloons to enemy soldiers, you can identify and eliminate particularly capable troops from the battlefield, dispatch them to your base, and brainwash them into joining your army. The more soldiers he had on base, the more he could expand his operations and capabilities in the field. It was an ingenious system, giving continuity to your missions and actions in the open world.
It was such a core element of Metal Gear Solid 5 that it would leave a huge void if it were missing from Metal Gear Solid 6. There's also plenty of room to expand on it, adding new features to the core and creating new opportunities. to lead your soldiers into the field. Who wouldn't want to call in a helicopter loaded with your mercenaries to help you on a mission?
Konami put a lot of resources into Metal Gear Online, it was a part of Metal Gear Solid 5 that continued to update after the game's release, even when there were obvious gaps in the game's single-player mode that could be filled. *cough* Episode 51 *cough*. Any sequel would surely expand on Metal Gear Online. After all, whether we like it or not, Konami can make money from microtransactions.
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Metal Gear Solid 5 ended with the reveal that you didn't play as Big Boss, but as a man who had been brainwashed and altered to think and look like Big Boss. It was a left turn, but it does explain how Snake kills Big Boss twice in the Metal Gear games.
In the first Metal Gear, Snake kills the doppelganger (also known as "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, either as Big Boss establishing Outer Heaven, its renegade state, and developing the Battle Tank Walking Metal Gear, which would give giving fans the opportunity to meet the likes of Gray Fox and Dr. Pettrovich, but from a new angle; Or, Konami could take the opportunity to remake the original Metal Gear games to Fox Engine glory, giving players a modern exploration of the story first told on the MSX2 in 1987.
Of course, Konami could come back sooner and tell the story of The Boss, the mentor of Big Boss, the mother of the American special forces. In Metal Gear Solid 3, we are given hints about his performance during World War II, leading the Cobra unit in the Battle of Normandy. It would be a pre-mechanical story, but it could be a huge departure from the series' standards if Konami wants to escape Kojima's shadow.
While Konami disputes it, many people think that Metal Gear Solid 5 is not finished. The game's final mission, Episode 51, was literally cut from the game, so there's little resolution with Big Boss's clone Eli. At one point he steals a robot from your base and disappears and you never chase him. While The Phantom Pain Collector's Edition did reveal what would have happened in the cut mission, it would be great to be able to play that final part and see Eli the child soldier become Liquid Snake, your nemesis throughout Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 4
Metal Gear Solid 5's quick conclusion also gives you little time to process the news that you've played the entire game as the ghost of Big Boss, rather than the man himself. They are told that they will work together to establish Military Without Borders, but there are many questions about how they will do it in a world where they are already hunted by multiple governments and the Cipher, the enemy force that drives the events in The Phantom. The pain. It would be nice to see a sequel that fleshes out those core elements.
Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami doesn't necessarily mean the end of Metal Gear Solid, but if he wants to continue his most famous series, there's a lot to be done.