After an early reveal by game designer and famed Metal Gear Solid video game franchise director, Hideo Kojima, the full details and specs have been revealed for Sentinel’s special iDROID case for Apple’s iPhone. The new case that the Apple iPhone is receiving is inspired by the iDROID gadget in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Sentinel fully unveiled their special iDROID case for the iPhone at the Miyazaki Model Exhibition in Japan earlier this week.
In Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the game’s protagonist, Snake, uses a device called the iDROID for his mission. The special case from Sentinel features a working flashlight and detachable antenna part that can double as a stylus pen. The case also features a volume control switch to turn the volume “On” or “Off.” Once you download the free Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes mobile app, now available at the iTunes App Store, you will be able to create an iDROID virtual map for the game. This will essentially give users a virtually perfect replica of the game’s iDROID device. Even better, the app can be synced up with the actual game, which is currently available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, and Xbox One.
According to Hideo Kojima and the website Metal Gear Solid Aimgehess, the case also has a retractable piece which will be able to protect the camera lens and flash bulb of the iPhone when they are not in use. In addition to the volume controls, the case also allows for access to the sleep button. It is also compatible with the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S. In terms of releasing and distribution, the case will be released in Japan in October of this year. The iDROID case is expected to be sold for the suggested price of 7,500 yen (which comes out to about $73 in the US). Unfortunately, details on a North American release do not appear to be available, so the case might only be available via direct importing or online websites that import products from Japan.
Besides the Apple iPhone receiving an iDROID case inspired by Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Japanese toy maker and manufacturer Sentinel is producing other high-end Apple iPhone cases based off of licensed properties. Sentinel is also releasing a special case for Apple’s iPhone 5/5S that is modeled after the sword grips for the 3D maneuver gear used by the soldiers in the popular anime and manga series Attack on Titan.
The Metal Gear Solid franchise has been a fan favorite among gamers for many years. Through it’s deep storytelling, geopolitical subtext, complex characters, as well as gameplay that becomes more and more groundbreaking with each new installment, the franchise continues to be a winner with fans and critics alike. The next game in the series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, will likely be released next year. So the Apple iPhone receiving an iDROID case inspired by Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes before the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain appears to be quite advantageous for the Metal Gear Solid faithful. Now Metal Gear Solid publisher Konami needs to develop a Metal Gear Solid app that features all the classic sound effects and catchphrases of the franchise.
By Jeffrey Harris