Metal Gear Survive Comes with Microtransactions; Constant Connection Needed

Gaming article by Robert Grosso on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 16:30

Konami has revealed more details about their upcoming survival adventure game, Metal Gear Survive.

A report by Gamespot - who recently had a preview session with the game - detailed some information including the games overall length and gameplay style. Most of what players will see in the single-player game can be achieved in about 20 hours according to Konami, but the focus on the "survive" aspect of the title is the primary driver in the game's design, leading to not only an open world but co-operative multiplayer.

Due to the co-op features, Metal Gear Survive needs a constant connection to the internet to play the game. Konami justifies the decision by noting that their desire for a seamless experience for players between single-player and multiplayer as the reason why.  It also allows Konami to provide ongoing content post-launch for Metal Gear Survive.

Konami is also implementing microtransactions into Metal Gear Survive, much like they did with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. There are few details as to what is available for purchase, but Gamespot highlighted items named "Boost Passes", which provide numerous benefits to a player character for a certain duration. The virtual currency is described as a simple coin system that can be earned by buying coins with real money or earning them through the game properly.

Currently, Konami has not confirmed specific price points for any of the items available in the game. It is also possible that the items can be changed before the game launches next month.

Metal Gear Survive is a survival-action title based on the Metal Gear series but is a marked departure from the standard stealth action and espionage gameplay seen in the past. Instead, the game is following a multiplayer survival mold where players will have to contend with surviving in the wild while dealing with zombies known as creatures to the player. Metal Gear Survive is set in an alternate timeline to the rest of the series - quite literally as a wormhole is responsible for the soldiers stuck in an alternate universe - which is used to justify the creatures and survival-style gameplay.

The game has been met with an icy reception since it was first announced at Gamescom 2016. Metal Gear Survive is slated for release later this year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

What are your thoughts on all of this? Is this really a surprise by Konami? Leave your comments below. 

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Robert Grosso

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A game playing, college teaching scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Enjoys penning long-form articles that few probably read. Love the art of gaming, preservation, collecting and RPGs. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over ten years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.