Metal Gear Survive Beta Debuts

The latest offering in the successful Metal Gear franchise is set to release on February 20, but hardcore fans can download the beta and play the game ahead of release. The beta is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Konami has faced a lot of pressure to put out a solid game after the departure of Hideo Kojima in 2015. Kojima, who has been involved with the franchise since the first game was released in 1987, left Konami to open his own development studio. Metal Gear Survive is the first Metal Gear game to be released since Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which was directed, produced, designed and written by Kojima. Some fans of the series have expressed skepticism that the games will be able to replicate earlier successes without Kojima.

The action of the new game picks up where Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes left off. While Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain followed the storyline of the Big Boss, the newest installment in the series stays with the mercenary soldiers of Militaires Sans Frontières. In the game, the soldiers are transported into a parallel universe and must survive while fighting strange zombies.

Two different betas have been released recently. The first debuted on January 18 and the second beta was launched on February 16. The full game will debut on February 20 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. When the new game comes out, it will require players to maintain a constant internet connection.