Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain coming this September

Konami Digital announced today that the next instalment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, will be released worldwide starting September 1st, 2015 with the game coming on consoles first, it will then release on Steam 2 weeks later on 15th September.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the series’ largest and most ambitious edition to date, expanding upon themes and content seen in its purchasable taster of last year: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Set within huge open-world environments, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is brought to vivid life with realistic weather patterns and day/night cycles. Thus, players can adapt their tactics to match the changing environment, creating an intuitive and non-linear gameplay experience. Similarly, a host of acclaimed Metal Gear Solid troops return in hugely advanced forms, including expanded CQC (Close-Quarter Combat) skills, vastly improved enemy AI, online elements that complement the single player campaign, and an all-new version of Metal Gear Online, a competitive multiplayer mode, included within the main game.

A host of new characters – both allies and enemies – tell a story driven by revenge, as franchise protagonist Big Boss enters a series of battlefields following the deaths of his colleagues. Central to the game is a hideously disfigured adversary known as Skull Face, while the ongoing conflict also introduces the new, iconic characters, such as the mysterious Quiet – a mute female warrior with incredible abilities.

Tactical elements are also said to be added to the game via Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s new Mother Base system. Players begin with a small-scale off-shore rig, which can be customized and expanded using liberated items and personnel. Players use an enhanced version of the innovative Fulton system pioneered in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker to airlift guards, vehicles, weapons, raw materials and kit to their base, where the staff will use these resources to develop the base to the user’s specifications. An accompanying (I expect to be) mobile app, iDROID will allow players to manage their Mother Base and its development, using staff to develop new weapons, carry out missions and implement defense systems. The latter becomes vital as the Mother Base is focal to the multiplayer online elements of the game’s campaign, where players can raid each others’ Mother Bases to wreak havoc and steal essential items.

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Additionally, Metal Gear Online – the game’s dedicated competitive multiplayer mode – will go live at the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This will be the third iteration of the series multiplayer game, newly redesigned with the familiar gameplay and aesthetic styling of its companion single-player campaign. Metal Gear Online features a “class system” that more uniquely defines the strengths and abilities of player characters on the battlefield. Key characters from the series including Venom Snake and Ocelot will also make appearances in the anticipated multiplayer feature.

The September launch will see a number of product options available to passionate fans of the series, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releasing both a special ‘Day 1 Edition’ and a limited ‘Collector’s Edition’.

‘Day 1 Edition’ Content:

  • MAP (Physical Version Only)
  • Adam-ska Special Handgun
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
  • Cardboard Box (Wetland)
  • Fatigues (Blue Urban Snake Costume)
  • Metal Gear Online XP Boost

*Steam version will include the above DLC content at launch

‘Collector’s Edition’ Content:

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  • Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm
  • Collectible SteelBook
  • Behind the Scenes Documentary & Trailers Blu-ray Disc
  • MAP
  • Exclusive Packaging
  • WEAPON & SHIELD PACK
    • Windurger S333 Combat Special Revolver
    • Adam-ska Special Handgun
    • Maschinen aktische Pistole 5 Weiss Special Handgun
    • Rasp Short-Barreled Shotgun Gold
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Olive Drab)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (White)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Gold)
  • CARDBOARD BOXES
    • Cardboard Box (Rocky Terrain)
    • Cardboard Box (All-Purpose Dryland)
    • Cardboard Box (Wetland)
  • SNAKE COSTUMES
    • Fatigues (Black Ocelot)
    • Fatigues (Gray Urban)
    • Fatigues (Blue Urban)
    • Fatigues (All-Purpose Dryland)
  • ‘VENOM SNAKE’ Emblem
  • Metal Gear Online XP Boost
  • MGO Items
    • Metal Gear Rex Helmet
    • AM MRS-4 GOLD Assault Rifle
    • WU S. PISTOL GOLD

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain including Metal Gear Online, will retail at £59.99 for the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One and Steam; and £49.99 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The ‘Collector’s Edition’ will be £99.99 for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

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