Thirty-one years ago, gaming was changed forever when the young Hideo Kojima launched his love letter to Hollywood action movies Metal Gear on the MSX. The game deftly wove an intricate and enticing story into engaging stealth gameplay despite technological limitations, kickstarting what would eventually become one of gaming’s most beloved franchises.
Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the game’s launch, but Konami hasn’t been exactly friendly towards Kojima lately – even preventing him from receiving an award at The Game Awards in a much-disputed 2015 affair – and thus very little was done to celebrate. With that being said, this year Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island, Kings of Summer) is looking to address that. The magnificently bearded director shared on social media the following video, featuring Paul Eiding as Colonel Campbell:
❗️Follow and retweet this thread to celebrate the 31st anniversary of @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN's METAL GEAR with 31 pieces of never before seen nano-machine-infused-artwork.
Tune in every day for new updates. Some surprises along the way…
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) July 13, 2018
As stated by the Colonel, Vogt-Roberts will be sharing new pieces of artwork he created with several “next-gen” artists every day for the next 31 days to celebrate 31 years of Metal Gear. Although Vogt-Roberts is currently heading pre-production on a Metal Gear movie project, the Colonel was keen to suggest that the artwork will be merely “fan art” and not representative of the movie. At the time of writing, two pieces of artwork featuring Metal Gear Rex and Gray Fox have been released, and both look absolutely incredible, capturing both the serene and action-packed elements of the franchise:
DAY 2 of #METALGEAR31st
The impeccable @eddiedelrio_art helped me bring the “Gas Mask Samurai” to life in KONG.
Cyborg Ninja & the Gekkos are two of the most iconic Hideo Kojima + Yoji Shinkawa designs. I wanted to see their potential in the same frame. Wish I could say more… pic.twitter.com/8OCkWH1zvY
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) July 14, 2018
But I highly doubt that the next 31 days will be as unassuming as Vogt-Roberts suggests. After all, this is a man who has professed his love and idolatry of Hideo Kojima, a creator notorious for deception and surprise – most deftly shown in the character change from Snake to Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. It wouldn’t surprise me if Vogt-Roberts had something up his sleeves for fans, particularly when it comes to the upcoming movie.
Furthermore, if you listen closely to the Colonel in the trailer you may pick up on something interesting – that “data” for the movie has been lost behind enemy lines, and that Snake is on his way to retrieve it. This seems to suggest that there is more to come, if not during this celebration then in the near future, provided that Snake can “retrieve” the lost data. Some have suggested that this data may be a trailer, but I would say that the movie is far too early in production to realistically expect this. I’d wager that we might get some information regarding cast, particularly with regards to the role of Snake.
In any case, keep your eyes on Vogt-Roberts’ social media in case anything drops about the movie project, but even if that doesn’t end up happening, we get to enjoy some new Metal Gear art every day – sounds like a win-win to me.