Two years after its cancellation, Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is becoming a reality thanks to one of the most prominent tabletop publishers of today.
CMON announced and then immediately launched a preorder for the official Metal Gear Solid board game. The new launch date is May 2024 and the preorder price is $100, including a 109-page graphic novel and an exclusive Metal Gear Rex miniature. The MSRP will be $110 later on and won’t include the novel that expands the storyline.
The tabletop version of Metal Gear Solid is based on the highly acclaimed original game from the PlayStation 1. Created by Emerson Matsuuchi (Specter Ops, Century, Halloween), it is a faithful recreation of the video game, with an emphasis on stealth gameplay and covert tactics. Up to four players can join forces in this cooperative game and take up the challenges in the 14-part campaign with six optional VR missions.
Fans of the video game will find numerous references to the beloved 1998 classic, including the infamous portable cover (a literal cardboard box), as well as Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox as playable characters. The publisher claims the board game has retained the sandbox-like design of missions from the video game, allowing for multiple solutions and huge replayability. It also sports a dynamic AI system for a fun challenge.
As for other content in the box, there’s loads of it, which isn’t a surprise considering how jam-packed CMON boxes usually are. Dozens of double-sided boards for modular terrain, hundreds of cards and tokens, and 24 detailed miniatures await you in this box.
Metal Gear Solid was famous for its villains and, out of the box, you’ll be able to fight Liquid Snake, Revolver Ocelot, Cyborg Ninja, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven, and Psycho Mantis. Although, we’re not sure how we’ll plug the controller in port 2 for the Psycho Mantis fight.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game was originally announced in late 2018 by IDW Publishing. Sadly, the project suffered multiple delays and, ultimately, got canceled in 2021. Now we just have to wait another year to see whether it truly is the weapon to surpass the Metal Gear.