Please don't wake me up because surely I'm dreaming. Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game was just announced by IDW games and Konami and is set to release next year.
Revealed on the IDW Games website, featuring game design by Emerson Matsuuchi, the MGS Board Game will include miniatures designed by Francesco Orrù and see comic artist Kenneth Loh handling the art.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will see players take on the roles of "Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja". Players will have to cooperate with each other and "use their unique skill sets to avoid detection as they complete objectives across multiple campaign scenarios". The game is also said to feature "a highly dynamic A.I. system and sandbox gameplay" leading to missions that "can be completed in multiple ways and will always play out differently".
IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development, Jerry Bennington said "Having partnered with Konami in the past to adapt Metal Gear Solid into comics and produce all new stories in the Silent Hilluniverse, we are extremely excited to be partnering again to bring Metal Gear Solid to a new gaming medium: tabletop. We know this a beloved franchise with a die-hard fan base, and as such we’re putting all of our energy into producing a premium gaming experience that is exciting to play over and over again.”
Emerson Matsuuchi, the game designer stated "Ever since playing the first Metal Gear Solid, it has forever altered the way I view games. The story it told was so memorable and the gameplay experience so rich that it has shaped my expectation of games as both a designer and gamer. So the opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the table has been an honor and dream come true. I’m excited to be able to capture the tactical stealth action that is the hallmark of the franchise as well as create a new experience and story for the Snake fans. Age hasn’t slowed him down one bit.”
I'm personally a huge Metal Gear fan and even enjoyed the Acid entries on PSP, which is why I'll definitely be picking this one up when it release in 2019.