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Metal Gear Solid 6 – everything we know so far

Metal Gear Solid 6 – everything we know so far

Metal Gear Solid 6 may be something of a pipe dream, but, given Konami’s attachment to the franchise, it’s not implausible that the Japanese entertainment giant might revisit one of gaming’s most beloved series.

The Metal Gear franchise has been in a tough spot ever since Metal Gear Survive was released back in 2018, which disappointed fans with its generic survival elements. Prospects for the series have also been negatively affected by the departure of franchise creator Hideo Kojima – who has not worked on the series since Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain back in 2015

Instead, the renowned auteur has gone on to form his own studio, Kojima Productions, which was responsible for sci-fi thriller Death Stranding and now has its sights set on developing the upcoming Death Stranding 2. Without Kojima, it would be difficult for Konami to capture the spirit of the original games. That said, given how poorly some elements of the originals have aged, this might not, necessarily, be a bad thing.  

That said, Konami has not abandoned the series entirely and is currently working on a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake. Though there have been no official announcements as to a Metal Gear Solid 6, it would appear that Konami isn’t done with the series – suggesting that another entry in the series could be a possibility down the line.

Metal Gear Solid 6: cut to the chase

  • What is it? The unconfirmed sixth game in the Metal Gear Solid series
  • When’s it out? TBC
  • What can I play it on? TBC

Metal Gear Solid 6 release date and platforms

Big boss looks into the camera

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Metal Gear is in a strange sort of limbo right now, at least in terms of new games in the mainline series. Hideo Kojima, now working at his own studio, has long since severed ties with Konami. However, Konami still owns the rights to the series. So far, Konami has only released one Kojima-free Metal Gear title: Metal Gear Survive.

Currently, we are awaiting the release of the  Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake, which was announced at a PlayStation Showcase event earlier this year. This could be a testing bed of sorts for the series, and could be used to justify a new entry into the series.

We imagine if Metal Gear Solid 6, or some new series entry, is on the way, then it will arrive on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC at the very least.

Metal Gear Solid 6 news

Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake announced
A new Metal Gear Solid project was announced at a PlayStation Showcase event back in May. This is a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3, and so far, we’ve only seen a cinematic teaser trailer. Hopefully, more details will follow, as for now, there’s little information about just how extensive a remake it will be at launch. That said, it’s clear that Konami is aiming for a high production-value reimagining, perhaps in the vein of Final Fantasy 7 Remake or the Resident Evil 4 remake.

Metal Gear Solid 6: what we want to see

Snake and The Boss

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Metal Gear Solid 6 may not have been confirmed by Konami, but here’s what we would want to see in a new Metal Gear Solid game.

Return to the sandbox
Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain saw a marked shift in the Metal Gear Solid format. In a similar way to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the games took the essential elements of the Metal Gear series and spun them anew within a sandbox environment. 

A game known for enclosed environments where you had to identify and navigate enemy patrols, became an open space for you to assert control over. The change in philosophy rejuvenated the series and any sequel should continue that, better tying together the wealth of changes Metal Gear Solid 5 introduced.

More sci-fi nonsense
As much as I enjoyed Metal Gear Solid 5, I did find the trappings of the 1980s somewhat limiting, especially compared with the over-the-top bombast of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. As much as I love the more understated and historical side of Metal Gear, I know I’m not alone in missing the awesome giant mech fights of Metal Gear Solid 4. Metal Gear has always been eerily prescient when it’s looked toward the future, and I’d love to see more.

Snake stands above Quiet, who is crouched and aiming down the sights of a sniper rifle

(Image credit: Konami)

Metal Gear Solid 5 ended with the revelation that you hadn’t been 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 leftfield 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 many 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, his renegade state, and developing the Metal Gear walking battle tank – which would give fans a chance to re-meet characters like Grey Fox and Dr Pettrovich, though from a new perspective; or, Konami could take a leaf out of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance‘s book and focus on the future of Metal Gear and the long-term consequences of its characters’ actions. 

Unanswered questions
While Konami disputes it, many people feel Metal Gear Solid 5 is unfinished. The game’s final mission, Episode 51, was literally cut from the game, so there is little resolution with Eli, Big Boss’ clone. At one point he steals a mech from your base and disappears and you just never give chase. While The Phantom Pain’s collector’s edition revealed what would have happened in the cut mission, it would be great to actually be able to play that final part, and to see Eli, the boy soldier become Liquid Snake, your nemesis throughout Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 4.

Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami doesn’t have to spell the end for Metal Gear Solid. However, if the publisher is going to continue its most famous series then it’s got a lot to live up to.

It could be a long old wait before we hear about the next new mainline Metal Gear Solid game. In the meantime, here are the most anticipated games set to release in 2023 and beyond!

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