IDW has some good news and some bad news in their latest announcement about the Metal Gear Solid board game. The bad news is that they're going to be delayed in their delivery of the game, now looking at summer 2020. However, the good news is that this is because they're making sure the game is as amazing as possible. As a bonus, they're re-opening their pre-sales for the game. If you want to get the amazing extras, now's your last chance to do so.
From the announcement:
Getting a chance to create Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game has been a dream come true for the team at IDW Games and game designer Emerson Matsuuchi. Feedback from fans who played the game at Gen Con and PAX Australia has been loud and clear: we have something special on our hands with this game. However, as with any project that has so much promise and potential, and any brand that is so highly regarded, there is an immense amount of pressure to make sure we do it right.
Game design and development is an iterative process, and involves feedback from play-testers, graphic designers, the factory that will be producing the game, and our licensing partners in North America and Japan. As development progresses changes come in that range from things that affect quality of life aspects, things like the size of the spaces on the map tiles, to redesigning and developing scenarios for better balance.
Ultimately, the amount of time it took to implement these changes just grew longer than expected and our window to ship the game on time closed. At that point, we were confronted with two options: create a list of changes that we could complete quickly in order to minimize the delay, or really dig in and make sure everything got polished to the fullest extent possible.
Knowing that this was a chance to find a silver lining and grant Emerson and the team the time to make the product they really wanted it to be, we decided to delay the game. We’re now planning on delivering the game in summer 2020.