Cyberpunk 2077 Concept Artist Is Creating Metal Gear Solid Inspired Art

A concept artist for Cyberpunk 2077 is using his skills to make incredible Metal Gear Solid character art, showing the raw talent of CDPR.

Ever wonder what the brilliant minds of CD Projekt Red could do with other major gaming IPs? Well, you’re in luck — a Principal Concept Artist from the Cyberpunk 2077 team has taken his hand at making some Metal Gear Solid inspired concept art that looks like the making of a great game. In fact, some of these concepts are so good, hopefully we will see something similar in either Cyberpunk 2077 or a future Hideo Kojima title.

The CD Projekt Red Concept Artist — Furio Tedeschi — shared some of these designs earlier this week on his LinkedIn page. With each one simply titled “MGS Inspired Work,” there isn’t a ton of detail into the thought process behind the designs. With that said, these feel right out of Hideo Kojima’s metaphorical sketchbook. The environments are somewhat varied. Though Tedeschi stuck with a military camouflage aesthetic for each of these characters, they all feel wildly different. While the first in the set gives off a distinct icy arctic impression, the other two draw from more modern settings with desert and a more outdoorsy print:

While the visuals themselves scream neo-militaristic futurology, there is a great reference to the Metal Gear Solid series: a patch on their uniforms that signify Outer Heaven. It’s clear that Hideo Kojima is a big fan of this style — even beyond the Metal Gear Solid franchise. After parting ways (unceremoniously) with Konami, his earliest concept art of Death Stranding — then titled “Dead Stranding” — had more of a soldier aesthetic than the game’s final end product.

This is far from the only crossover artist we’ve seen in 2020. A week ago we highlighted the lead artist from God of War and Sony Santa Monica who was drawing different Nintendo series characters, starting with Fox from Star Fox.

Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on April 16, 2020 for Google Stadia, PC, PS4, and Xbox One and you can pre-order it over on Amazon to support the site. Check out the full gallery of the Metal Gear Solid inspired art, below:

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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