Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain includes a chicken hat item that will let you skip sections of the game that you find too tricky.

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The downside, of course, is that Snake is forced to look ridiculous while doing so.

Images of the item were first shown by Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima during a Christmas Day livestream for Japanese fans.

Publisher Konami has now provided clearer pictures of the item, and explained its purpose in detail.

The choice of a chicken for the hat's design is meant to imply that players are just that - a chicken - if they choose to use it.

There's still no firm release date for The Phantom Pain, other than the promise that it will launch this year.

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