Looking at some of the ideas coming out of the brief (and so far very secret) Metal Gear footage, it seems clear to us that Ground Zeroes is going to be something pretty different to previous titles in the series. Talk of an open world setting is a long way from what’s gone before, and the vast expanse of a military base – and the use of jeeps and helicopters to get around – does lean more towards a less strict and structured set of missions.
That said, there’s still the traditional sneaking around that makes MGS games what they are, although with the main character seemingly being much younger and more agile than the ageing Solid Snake the movements will probably go back to earlier games in the series.
Or will they? Those who have played Peace Walker might have enjoyed the co-op options that were available, letting multiple players play through missions as a small team instead of taking things on by themselves. It seems odd that the developers would take the time to not only get that working on the PSP, but then also convert the system to work in the PS3’s HD conversion. So the technology is already there, and worked pretty well.
So let me put something to you. Imagine playing through Ground Zeroes with a friend. One of you controlling Snake without the acrobatic movements but more savvy in terms of sneaking and using fancy tech, and the other using this (still not confirmed) younger, more agile but potentially less experienced guy. Combining different skills would give a far more complex and interesting approach to many typical Metal Gear scenarios, and with so many games turning to co-op as a way to involve a wider audience it certainly seems like a natural next step for the MGS series.
It’s worth pointing out that we’re putting 2 and 2 together here, and the odds are we’re coming up with 7.4 but there’s definitely a case for the argument. With Kojima seemingly keen to do something new, and with the technology already being there from Peace Walker, I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the near future we learnt about plans for a full co-op campaign option.
What do you reckon? Is this likely to take hold and actually happen, or are we just clutching at straws in a vain hope of being able to play through Ground Zeroes with some company?