While it’s been tweaked slightly, Survive’s demo is still the Afghanistan map from Metal Gear Solid 5.
Metal Gear Survive reuses an entire MGS 5 map
Have you wondered why Metal Gear Survive seems to have such a quick-turnaround compared to its predecessor, Metal Gear Solid 5? The answer is pretty straightforward: Survive is using MGS5’s engine and mechanics as development shortcuts to push for a 2017 release. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, fans have been taking a closer look at the latest gameplay trailer and noticed Survive is openly borrowing content as well, including an entire map from the previous game.
As YouTube user rensehin proved, it’s possible to play MGS5’s Afghanistan map alongside Survive’s Tokyo Games Show demo and see they are the exact same map. Sure, there are certain cosmetic differences – doorways are cleared, foilage is rearranged, and there are some new chest-high walls where none existed before. But it’s pretty clear the bulk of the map was copy-pasted directy into the new game before it was reformatted to reflect its alternate universe setting.
Now we should be clear, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Metal Gear Survive is not priced like a Triple-A game, and could easily feature original content we haven’t seen yet. But if Survive’s MGS5 content ends up being the only fun part of the game, long-time fans certainly won’t be impressed.
Metal Gear Survive launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2017.