When familiar, iconic franchises change, fans get skeptical. In many cases, they get downright nasty and hostile.
This generation, we've seen quite a few fan backlashes as a result of popular franchises trying new things. Even the cosmetic alteration of a character can cause major issues; take inFamous 2 and that early Cole design, or Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry reboot and what fans are calling the "heroin-addict Dante."
And if they're that touchy about those titles, imagine just how strict the die-hard fans of Metal Gear Solid must be? A great many just about lost their minds when Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was revealed, and were only pacified when Kojima and Co. announced that the game was a spin-off and had nothing to do with the official MGS franchise. Even so, some followers are still annoyed with the whole concept.
So if it's true that the new effort, Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes , embraces an open-world/sandbox setting, will the long-time fans even tolerate that? Obviously, the potential is through the roof and the possibilities are probably endless, but we're talking about MGS, here. Some are saying that the story, a major focal point in all series entries, will take an inevitable back seat due to the open-ended structure. They could be right, too, as most sandbox-based adventures are not known for their captivating narratives, primarily because we spend 99% of our time running around and exploring. The story just tends to get lost.
Others are worried the new setting could fundamentally alter the classic MGS gameplay. That I'm not so sure about; they could approach it the same way Ubisoft approaches Assassin's Creed , and let the player choose. You can opt for either stealth or a guns-blazing attack…but again, a few MGS purists were upset that "twitchy" gamers even had a choice in MGS4. The bottom line is that when you discuss something as legendary as Metal Gear , you're going to have some extremely rigid fans. So the question is-
How will they react to Ground Zeroes ?
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes