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IDW announces METAL GEAR SOLID: THE BOARD GAME coming in 2019

IDW Entertainment today announced a partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. that will see them release a board game based on the hit video game METAL GEAR SOLID.

METAL GEAR SOLID: THE BOARD GAME is a tabletop miniatures board game that from designer Emerson Matsuuchi with miniatures sculpted by 
Francesco Orrù, along with art from comic artist Kenneth Loh. 

The game will be released in 2019, but fans who want to check out the game ahead of time will have a chance at some of the summer conventions in 2019 including Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, San Diego Comic-Con, and Gen Con

Full press release is below. All images courtesy of IDW. 

KONAMI’S METAL GEAR SOLID TO SNEAK ONTO THE TABLETOP IN 2019


Miniatures-Based Board Game in Development by IDW Games

San Diego, CA (December 11th, 2018) IDW Games and Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that they have partnered to bring Metal Gear Solid to the tabletop with Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game.

Designed by Emerson Matsuuchi (designer of the Century game series, Reef, and Specter Ops)Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is a fully cooperative, miniatures board game. Following the story of the first Metal Gear Solid video game, players take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. They’ll need to use their unique skill sets to avoid detection as they complete objectives across multiple campaign scenarios. Featuring a highly dynamic A.I. system and sandbox gameplay, missions can be completed in multiple ways and will always play out differently. 

Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s VP of New Product Development says, “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.”

Game designer Emerson Matsuuchi says, “I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid. 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.”

Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will feature miniatures by the highly regarded sculptor Francesco Orrù, and art from lifelong Metal Gear Solid fan and comic artist Kenneth Loh.

Gaming media interested in playing Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will get their first chance at E3 2019. IDW Games will be booking play session for media outlets for Saturday, June 8, through Monday, June 10. Gamers eager to sample Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will have a chance to demo it at any of the following 2019 summer conventions: Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, San Diego Comic-Con, and Gen Con.

For more information on Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game, follow IDW Games on Twitter and like their Facebook page, where fans can discover art and gameplay development ahead of the game’s release in 2019. 

Dan Berry
Dan Berry
Dan Berry is a man of mystery, an enigma that flits from convention to convention like a spectre, like a spirit. His interests range far and wide: he cannot be determined, he cannot be defined, he cannot be contained. He's like the wind. He also is a Sagittarius and enjoys a nice Italian.

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