Yoji Shinkawa created artwork for Call of Duty Zombies Chronicles

No, this isn’t Metal Gear artwork, nor is it concept art for Death Stranding. But if it look like it could be, that’s because it was drawn by Yoji Shinkawa, who’s done concept art for Metal Gear games since 1997 (and who’s now at the end Kojima Productions studio as we know). The artwork below is for Call of Duty Zombies Chronicles, the latest expansion to the hugely popular FPS Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Shinkawa made some character art as well as a dynamic PlayStation 4 theme for the title.

During a livestream earlier today studio head of Treyarch Jason Blundell explains that as a huge Metal Gear fan, it was great to have him create art for the game. “To be able to work with him and have him realize our main characters in his very unique and distinctive style was an opportunity I couldn’t really pass up.”

Source: Treyarch, Kotaku, WWG

  • Does anyone find it ironic that the upcoming Metal Gear zombie game doesn’t have Shinkawa artwork, but this Call of Duty zombie expansion does?

    • Ricardo Coelho

      Yeah, Indeed! More points to COD Zombies and less for MGSurvive. xD

    • Lex Radu

      I really wanna know what is happening to SurVive!

      It has potential to be a mind fuck experience, but i’m worried it will be none of that.

      • Probably best to not expect too much from the story. It doesn’t seem like that will be the focus of the game.

        • Lex Radu

          Yeah, but at the same time this looks like the return to Camp Omega Hideo described, so i’m hoping is that, an unfinished Hideo concept, you can see it in some little details, like how the light refracts, as if it’s under water, and how fishes are swimming on the sky, how the molotov they trown faded when it touched the ground, like it was indeed under water.

          Such a shame Konami is basically selling the Zombie Mode for MGSV as it’s own Game, instead of giving it to people who own Ground Zeroes like we were promised.

      • Tom Brearley-Smith

        I swear to God, Gabe Newell will be done with Half-Life 3 by the time Konami releases more information on Metal Gear SurviVe.

      • radun

        It has no potential to do that, objectively speaking. Sure, if they want to copy Kojima’s style, maybe they will try something but…

    • marcusDOS

      It feels more like a turd trown at konami. I just pre-order the expansion just for the theme, and I don’t event own the game. The game interface icon for mgsv S are ridiculous. I can’t take seriously the man siroute to display the equipment on body parts.

  • Mr.Pony

    Proof that Shinkawa art improves anything, even COD. Damn these are awesome.

  • Lex Radu

    What a trill…

    • Tom Brearley-Smith

      With darkness and silence through the night…

      • Lex Radu

        What a thrill
        I’m searching and I’ll melt into you
        What a fear in my heart…

        • Tom Brearley-Smith

          … but your so supreme.

          • Lex Radu

            I give my LIiiIIIIIIfe

          • Demerzel

            Not for honor…

          • Tom Brearley-Smith

            But for yoooouuuu.

          • Lex Radu

            In my jklfdgnsdlsvnsbkl….Snaaaaaaaake Eaaaaaateeeeeeer!

          • Full Options
          • Lex Radu

            Is that Donna ?

          • Full Options

            TA TADA TADA DA ….

  • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

    Treyarch have always been known to mindfuck people . And Yoji likes mindfucking. So…

  • Demerzel

    Shinkawa should do artwork for ALL the games. I really can’t wait to see something else related to Death Stranding. As far as I know this is the most important thing they’ve shown.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/035eb65e05ae7747d3c2e3d7b7804f20a4d67192bde1b23c48e013e54f8c0a1c.png

    BTW, I recently had some fun mixing artwork from Shinkawa. I figured I could share it as well.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7699c1a2b1f4339ffc072d7dfa5c641235d51e4f398b6e8b1ca3154d7ed5991f.jpg

  • Eugene Voldo

    I always wonder why Shinkawa like to draw characters with the same grumpy facial expression?

  • I love it. It looks incredible. He is the best artist when it comes to military design.
    they should have used this art for their main campaign for the next game not just zombies.

    I want to see how Death Stranding characters will look like.

  • Tom Brearley-Smith
  • moto hellogoto

    Even the teletubbies would look tough if this guy drew them. Great style.

    • Lex Radu

      Goal in life: Have Yoji Shinkawa make a Comic Book about my childhood!

  • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack
    • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

      Assassinate the crocodile
      Follow Shadya to Khenut’s villa
      Wtf

    • That looks nice!

      • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

        This and the rumoured Beyond good and evil 2 are the only ubisoft games I’m excited for

        • Mr.Pony

          Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been confirmed to be back in development, and should actually appear in E3.

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            Huehuehuehuehuehue

        • Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the only thing I’m excited about from Ubisoft.

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            Can’t blame you for that. But I think despite wildlands sucking and for honor having bad servers ubisoft is reallyyy improving in my humble opinion.They are still greedy af but they are changing their strategy.I mean look at watch dogs 2 . That game was fucking great and had a graphics upgrade

          • Lex Radu

            I’m looking forward to the next Splinter Cell, Blacklist was quite good!

    • Yaaay, even more towers to climb… I’m going to be interested in it if they will revamp stealth, combat and traversal/exploration mechanics. Ubisoft’s gameplay systems are behind the competition in every major way.

      • Maybe they will, they did take a break of a year for the first time since ACII, so perhaps they revamped the mechanics.

        • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

          Trust me they did.Although I hope it doesn’t have a release like unity which also had little recycling

        • Taking a break does not help anything. It helps them to make a better marketing campaign but to make a better game you need experienced developers and game designers that can work out the gameplay systems together.
          We re talking about Ubisoft here who develops a game with multiple teams from France to USA, Canada, EU countries, China and etc.
          Their games never had a solid vision with a few exceptions.

          • That is indeed true and Ubisoft’s biggest problem. It’s an assembly line approach to game design, kind of the opposite of Kojima’s vision on creating games.

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            I would say this applies to Ea another PoS company as well

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            Well Ashraf Ismail (the lead designer of this and ac4) is probably the most passionate dev I’ve seen at ubisoft and he’s fucking great”.Same goes for the writer Darby McDevitt
            Amazing writer

      • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

        Yeah.And don’t forget the hilarious AI and animations as well as boring sidequests. Complaining aside this is by the black flag team so I would be hyped for it but if andromeda showed gamers a lesson.It was that pre ordering is bullshit. CDPR have the best marketing even tho witcher got a bit downgraded but the gameplay was so immersive.

      • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

        And it has been confirmed it is a soft reboot so you revamped mechanics is confirmed as well although it was in the 2016 leaks

        • Lex Radu

          It also looks like it will be called “Origins”

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            I hope there is no controllable eagle tho.

          • Lex Radu

            I would actually like that, much better than having the Batman Detective View.

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            You mean eagle vision.Well eagle vision does make sense canonically.Controlling an eagle is a reskin of watch dogs 2 and ghost recon drone + Far cry primal owl

          • Lex Radu

            Canonically, yes, but it makes the game too easy, a controlloble eagle would be a welcome change, you would have to manually tag enemies and object before infiltratic to assassinate your target.

      • Mr.Pony

        Yeah, due to the all annualising thing, all the mechanics feel to recycled, at this point they either change how controls and mechanics work and feel or it will feel too familiar, which i don’t think is what people want from AC any more.

    • Lex Radu

      After having skipped Unity and Syndicate, this has to be great to pull me back it.

      Not just good, great!

      • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

        I liked the patched unity.Sidequests were the best I’ve seen in a ubisoft game.AI was massive.Syndicate was awful.Absolutely bad.Good that you skipped it.

        • Lex Radu

          I will try Unity then.

          Almost forgot, i still have to play Rogue, is it any good?

          • Mr.Pony

            if you like Black Flag, you will like Rogue, think of it as an expansion to Black Flag

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            The world is empty tho unfortunately
            Unlike lively atmosphere of black flag

          • Lex Radu

            I liked Black flag because i was hooked in Edwards Story, Matt Ryan’s performance made that game.

            Is Shay that good? (or how his name is)

          • Mr.Pony

            Didn’t finish Rogue myself, but its a different approach, the idea that you character was once an assassin who was wronged and turned Templar is different and refreshing from anything else in the franchise.

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            Yeah.It has been improved by that point.I liked Arno but the story was not fleshed out enough.But it was good.Idk why it is called shit all these years after the patch

          • radun

            You might as well skip it honestly. It is as bland as it gets.

            edit: Unity i mean, haven’t played Rogue.

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            It’s obvious you haven’t played it
            Story was a bit bland but gameplay was different
            Unlike retarded batman arkham grappling hooks

  • solidhoax

    If that’s cod artwork then i’m isaac newton.

    • Lex Radu

      Welcome Isaac.

      • solidhoax

        Begone Demon.

  • Gatsu

    That art is so fucking beautiful.

  • By the way, how long until this finds its way into a ruse theory?

    • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

      I think there is about 50 posts on this on /r/neverbegameover

      • As expected.

        • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

          Indeed. And as usual water is wet,fire is hot and FIB is either making a bullshit ruse cruise thing on the cod artwork or posting his/her boob and his/her gf’s boobs’ pics on twitter

          • DidSomebodySayFIB

            both actually

            metal gear survive sound familiar? group of 4 against zombies?

            zombies in mgs3, mgs4, mgsV, plus mgs2 if you count vlad.

            “where do zombies fit in with the politics????!”

          • DidSomebodySayFIB

            Also, CoD Zombies is a side game to Call of Duty.

            Like Metal Gear Survive.

          • InternecivusRaptusStrikesBack

            Survive is entirely about zombies and base defense and has no story.Atleast treyarch zombies have great fucking stories

        • I have seen only 1 post about it so far: “Is Yoji Shinkawa working with Treyarch” (prior to the confirmation).

  • Venom_Sina

    This is one of many benefits when you are working indie. You can do these kind of things. If they were still in Konami, there was a great chance that this couldn’t happen.
    As for the work itself: Damn that’s gorgeous. Shinkawa knows how to steal people’s hearts.

  • Robin030

    Dont get me wrong here his artwork is as amazing as always.
    But IMO this is the biggest waste of 2017 putting his phenomenal work on that piece of trash garbage game cod is.

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