IDW Games is making an official Metal Gear Solid board game, according to images posted on the company’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.

The photo, taken at this weekend’s PAX Unplugged convention in Philadelphia, features game designer Emerson Matsuuchi standing next to a simple cardboard display advertising the game. No other information is given in the post apart from a release window of 2019.

Matsuuchi’s previous titles include Specter OpsVolt: Robot Battle Arena, Crossfire, Reef, and Century–Eastern Wonders, among others. Specter Ops is particularly noteworthy due to its thematic and mechanical similarities to the Metal Gear games, which inspired Emerson’s work for Specter Ops. IDW Games is also no stranger to licensed projects, having published numerous board games from the Dragon Ball, Death Note, Godfather, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises.

This will be the first official board game based on Metal Gear since 2011’s Risk: Metal Gear Solid. Details on the project are scarce apart from the 2019 release window, but IDW Games has stated in the Facebook post’s comments that more information will be coming next week. IDW also responded to some comments to confirm that this new title will not be a remake of an existing game–e.g. Specter Ops. Given the source material and Matsuuchi’s pedigree, however, players can likely expect the game to involve a fair bit of deception and strategic information gathering. Fans hungry for details can look forward to more information coming next week.


Quick Take

I can’t say I was expecting an MGS board game, but I’m happy to see it. Matsuuchi also seems like a great fit for the project, so there’s at least one reason to be optimistic. 

Are you excited for a Metal Gear Solid board game? Is it in good hands? Have you played any of Matsuuchi’s previous titles? Let us know in the comments below!


Jack Waibel

Jack Waibel is a husband, dungeon master, and lifelong gamer. He's tapped more land cards than modern science can measure and looks forward to the day he turns 10 and can begin his Pokemon journey.