Metal Gear Survive is a survival action game by Konami Digital Entertainment. It is the first Metal Gear game released since Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami in late 2015,[1][4] as well as the second Metal Gear-related project since the same time period (the first being a pachislot adaptation of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater).[5]


The year is 1975. Cold War tensions continue to ease, and the Vietnam War is in its final days. The legendary mercenary Big Boss leads an army that belongs to no nation. Under the guise of a nuclear inspection by the IAEA, a hostile force known as XOF launches a surprise attack on Mother Base, Big Boss's base of operations. His soldiers put up a desperate fight, but their efforts are in vain, as Mother Base falls. A moment after Big Boss escapes the area by helicopter, an intense light appears in the sky, and a wormhole opens over the base. The wormhole begins to suck up everyone and everything left, transporting them to some parallel world. A soldier who helped Big Boss get away is almost pulled into it as well, but manages to escape. A close friend of the soldier, however, isn't as lucky.

The soldier then mysteriously loses consciousness, waking up six months later in a facility belonging to Wardenclyffe Section, a secretive research organization of the United States government. A member of this organization, a man known as Goodluck, gives the soldier a special assignment with the following order: "You don't get to sit this one out. You're already infected with that lifeform I was telling you about."

The soldier then travels alone to the same parallel world to find a cure for this infection, and to rescue those sucked into the wormhole half a year ago. Waiting on the other side is a hellish landscape where victims of the infection have transformed into grotesque creatures known as Wanderers. The soldier also encounters a member of none other than XOF, and together their bitter struggle for survival begins.




Metal Gear Survive was first announced on August 16, 2016 during the Gamescom 2016 event.[1] However, this was not the first time the concept of a zombie game was toyed with, as Hideo Kojima admitted on April 29, 2013 that he always wanted to make one during Metal Gear Solid V's development,[6] and Kojima reportedly requested to PlatinumGames that the sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance have Gray Fox fighting against nanomachine-empowered zombies.[7] The game's development was first hinted at on December 17, 2015 when Konami started recruiting for a new Metal Gear development staff.[8]

Konami Europe president Tomotada Tashiro described Metal Gear Survive as a "fresh take on the series' famed stealth elements", all with a "unique co-op setting that is designed for a truly engrossing multiplayer experience."[1]

Konami USA replied to a fan on Reddit, in which they stated that Metal Gear Survive would have an option for those who prefer to play solo. They continued, stating that the game's story "should be considered as a parallel story." They also stated the same team that worked on Metal Gear Solid V was working on Metal Gear Survive.[3]

In an interview with Dengeki PlayStation, the development staff stated that the player would be able to customize their character, use several weapons, and develop their own equipment to suit their play style. They also stated that while it would be possible to stealthly maneuver around enemies when playing solo, it would be much more difficult taking on waves of them compared to co-op play.[9]

On September 14, 2016, it was announced that Metal Gear Survive would be given a stage demo showing at Tokyo Game Show 2016, specifically on Saturday, September 17, at 16:15 JST (9:15 CET, 00:15 PST, 3:15 EST), and that there would be a new announcement from Konami relating to the game. It was also announced that the demo would be livestreamed during the event.[10][11] The demo revealed that the Fulton Cannon would make an appearance, that the player could optionally retrieve the creatures for resource building, they could acquire resource building, that they could heal themselves on the main menu, and that the player could develop various things from collected resources, from defensive measures to offensive measures. Finally, players could also split up.[12]

During a stage presentation at TGS 2016, Hideo Kojima was asked if he had anything to do with Metal Gear Survive. He stated that the game had "nothing to do with [him]," the Metal Gear series is about "political fiction and espionage,” and zombies don't fit into his vision of the series. Yoji Shinkawa also stated that he wasn't involved with the game. He jokingly said that Metal Gear Survive would have mechs if he worked on it.[13]

For several months, there was little information concerning Metal Gear Survive. However, on April 4, 2017, Konami revealed that they would showcase a new trailer and playable demo of the game at E3 2017.[14] On May 23, IGN indicated that new information might be revealed at the event.[15] In addition, the fiscal year review made it clear that the game was still in development.[16] On June 10, the Metal Gear Twitter account posted that they were going to be holding a showing for Survive,[17] On June 13, it announced that set up for the gameplay area was nearly complete, and that they would cover new details to the press the next day.[18][19] Leaked screenshots for the E3 showing revealed that Walker Gears were to make a comeback, the loadout screen, using the creatures as Fulton balloon traps to pin them down and take them out easily, the return of supply boxes, and life-sized versions of the in-game cobbled-together weapons, including a large machete, a bow quiver, a spear, what approximately resembled a war hammer, a shotgun, and what was presumably a flamethrower. It also revealed some new enemies such as a grey humanoid enemy with a massively swollen head.[20] Konami revealed that its release date was moved to Early 2018.[21] On July 24, it was announced that a playable demo for the game will be present at Gamescom 2017.[22] On August 22, some new images were unveiled, with the demo also revealing the player can develop new bases, in particular the base camp as well as raise livestock as well as grow plants and build up resources, including water, for the base development. The two modes, single player and Co-Op, are both linked via the base camp. Resources that are gathered include blueprints and raw materials, which can be used for weapons, defenses, and expendables. In addition, the more the base camp grows, the higher-grade the crafting items accessed become.[23]

On September 1, 2017, it was announced that Metal Gear Survive, alongside the other Konami games LOVEPLUS Every and Winning Eleven 2018, would be featured at Tokyo Game Show 2017. In particular, Metal Gear Survive would feature a 4-player co-op mode demo featuring two stages, and that anyone who played the demo would receive an exclusive sticker. It would also be the first time the gameplay is showcased in Japan.[24][25] On September 13, 2017, the official Japanese Metal Gear Twitter page posted a couple of tweets unveiling new images dealing with some of the weapons systems.[26][27]

On October 24, 2017, it was announced that the game would be released in North America on February 20, 2018 and on February 22, 2018 in Europe. It also announced that Day 1 DLC would be available as well.[2] On October 30, a video was released on Twitter showcasing the CO-OP staging area.[28][29]

On December 15, 2017, a commentary trailer by Konami for the single player mode of Survive was released.[30] It revealed that, aside from the already confirmed elements of an oxygen tank and building up the base camp and weapons and equipment via various supplies, as well as taking out various enemies, there was also a recruitment element to the game, and the player could get various materials from various time periods due to the wormholes sucking them in. In addition, at the beginning of the video, the producer for the game confirmed that Survive wasn't canon to Metal Gear Solid V's story, calling Survive's story "apocryphal", and compared it to the Jamais Vu and Déjà Vu missions from Ground Zeroes. Aside from the trailer, the same date also revealed that a playable beta for the game would be released from January 18, 2018 to January 21 of the same year, with prizes for participation (specifically creating a new character for the beta) including a Bandana accessory, an exclusive head accessory modeled after Metal Gear REX, and a nameplate modeled after the FOXHOUND logo.[31][32]

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Screenshot confirming the existence of microtransactions.

On January 6, 2018, the ESRB officially designated the game as being M for Mature, due to language, blood, and violence.[33] Two days later, a five minute gameplay trailer was released by IGN which also gave some hints about the story.[34] On January 10, it was confirmed via leaked box art for the European releases of the game that the game would require a connection to the Internet to play at all (something that had earlier been hinted at on the official site), as well as the Xbox One X version possessing HDR support alongside other enhancements. The same source also revealed that the game would be PEGI 16.[35] On January 13, a fact sheet released by Konami gave some further insight to the story for the game.[36] On January 17, Konami confirmed via GameSpot that the game will take 15-20 hours to beat, and that it will feature microtransactions.[37] Although most PS4 regions got the open beta on time on January 18, the Americas did not. Konami issued an apology and vowed to take care of the problem as soon as possible.[38][39] The Xbox One versions, however, released the beta in all regions on time. On January 23, Yuji Korekado reiterated Konami's earlier claim that it was not canon to the series, and also apologized for letting audiences think it was indeed a continuation.[40] In the opening cutscene of the game, the plot is described as "[a] pseuo-historical sequence of events."

On January 29, the PC requirements for Survive were revealed, with the minimum requirements being that it required a 64-bit processor and operating system; needed Windows 7×64, Windows 8×64, or Windows 10×64 as the OS, with the 64-bit OS being required; an Intel Core i5-4460 (3.40 GHz) processor or better/Quad-core processor or better; 4 GB RAM memory; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (2GB) Graphics or better (with DirectX 11 card being required); DirectX Version 11; a Broadband Internet network connection; a storage capacity of 20 GB worth of available space; and a DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card, with the Intel Core i7-4790 (3.60GHz) processor or better; 8 GB RAM memory; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics; and DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with Surround Sound 5.1 being recommended.[41]

On February 2, 2018, it was announced that players who started a game of Survive with a save file of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would receive bonus equipment, specifically two nameplates that were based on Diamond Dogs and Metal Gear Online 3, and two accessories that were a Metal Gear RAY headset and an eyepatch modeled after Venom Snake's eyepatch. It also revealed that they as well as similar bonuses could be put into the supply box upon being unlocked, which is accessible at a certain story point in the game.[42] On February 8, it was revealed that there would be a second playable beta for Survive, with the same prizes as before, and a similar three-mission event. This time around, however, the Steam versions would also get access to it.[43] In addition, Konami also issued on February 19 a press kit to various Journalist groups in anticipation of the game's release. The press kit included a backpack with a logo for a Journalist group assigned to the kit on the left shoulder as well as a locking carabiner that doubled as a swiss army knife including a blade and a flashlight, as well as two hooded sweatshirts that both featured the Charon Corps logo on the front and the Konami and Survive logo on the back (with the only difference between the two articles of clothing being their color: One is black with white logos, while the other is gray with black logos).[44]



Box arts for the PS4, Xbox One, and Steam versions.

The North American, European, and Japanese packaging features the back of an MSF soldier overlooking fighting between his forces and some of the creatures in the dimension they were stuck on.

Downloadable content


Day 1 DLC.

Day 1 DLC is confirmed for the game, referred to as the Pre-Order Bonus Survival Pack, and will contain the following for both physical and digital versions in North America and Europe across all systems (and in the case of Steam, digital version only):[2]

  • Four Gold-plated weapons
    • Bat
    • Sledgehammer
    • Survival Machete
    • Survival Spear
  • Two additional gestures:
    • Happy
    • Thumbs up
  • Four metallic survival scarf colors
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Pink
    • Silver
  • One Face Paint
    • Kabuki
  • One Nameplate
    • Mother Base
  • One Accessory
    • "The Orange" Boxman

In Japan, the DLC varies depending on where and how the game was pre-ordered, as well as the platform. In particular:[45]

The normal Digital pre-order is composed of the following:

  • Golden Survival Spear;
  • Silver metallic survival scarf;
  • Kabuki Facepaint;
  • Happy Gesture;
  • Old Mother Base Nameplate;
  • Boxman (The Orange);
  • PS4 theme;

The Digital Deluxe pre-order has the same items as the Digital preorder, plus four additional items that include the following:

  • A retractable mask modeled after Gray Fox's Cyborg Ninja outfit from Metal Gear Solid;
  • Bowing clown gesture;
  • 7-day premium path
  • Digital soundtrack;

There is also a normal package version, though unlike the overseas versions, it doesn't possess any add-on benefits. The normal package is distributed by Konami Style,,, Big Camera, Joshin Web, Yamada Denki, and Rakuten.

For the PS4 version, the game is pre-orderable at the following stores with the following content:

  • Golden Sledgehammer
  • Metallic Blue Survival Scarf
  • Thumbs Up Gesture
  • Old Mother Base Nameplate
  • Boxman (The Orange)
  • Golden Survival Machete
  • Metallic Pink Survival Scarf
  • Thumbs Up Gesture
  • Old Mother Base Nameplate
  • Boxman (The Orange)

The Xbox 360 versions only allow for the Digital Deluxe and normal download versions, which contain the following:

Digital Deluxe

The prizes are the same as the normal download, although with the following additional content:

  • A retractable mask modeled after Gray Fox's Cyborg Ninja outfit from Metal Gear Solid;
  • Bowing clown gesture;
  • 7-day premium path
Normal download
  • Golden Survival Spear;
  • Silver metallic survival scarf;
  • Kabuki Facepaint;
  • Happy Gesture;
  • Old Mother Base Nameplate;
  • Boxman (The Orange);

There is no pre-order bonuses for the Japanese Steam version.

Pre-order bonuses

Although Game TSUTAYA and Sofmap-Ion lack DLC pre-orders, they do nonetheless have preorder bonuses via paper craft models of one of two Walker Gear types (both based on the Type-A variants):

  • Paper Craft Model of the CFA Walker Gear




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  11. ^ Metal Gear Survive is made by the MGS5 team, gameplay coming Saturday | GamesRadar+
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