It's called Metal Gear. Metal. Gear. You know what it's not called? Zombie Gear. And while that might be the route Konami wants to take the Metal Gear franchise in the future, Kojima couldn't help but point out the obvious over the weekend.
During a Q&A discussion on Death Stranding, Kojima was cheekily asked about whether Metal Gear Survive was his idea. You can see part of that discussion, in Japanese, below.
Roughly translated, Kojima remarked that "the Metal Gear games are about political fiction and espionage" and he questioned how zombies fit within that universe. It doesn't come across as a major dig or anything, but more of a prod at Konami wondering what the underlying themes of Metal Gear Survive are.
The footage of Metal Gear Survive so far has looked serviceable; it might even be a bit fun. It just doesn't look like a Metal Gear game, but more like a Resident Evil spin-off than anything that belongs in Kojima's iconic universe.
Of course, zombies wouldn't be the weirdest thing to happen in a Metal Gear game — but then, everything in Metal Gear has a point, belaboured as it may be. We'll have to wait and see what point Konami wants to make with Survive.