Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be released in North America in "late Q2 2008", according to SCEA, with a Metal Gear Online "Starter Pack" to launch "to support online gameplay".

Those who pre-order MGS4 in the US will also be guaranteed access to a "multiplayer beta test" in late April, although that statement doesn't seem to rule out other paths into the test.

Konami has confirmed the above to Eurogamer, but a release date announcement for Europe is not expected until later in the week.

Assistant producer Ryan Payton has previously said that a "simultaneous worldwide release" - albeit not on exactly the same day - is expected.

The news of MGS4's arrival emerged at a retail conference called "Destination PlayStation", with Kotaku reporting that the specific MGS4 date is 12th June - something Sony's press release is coy about.

Not that it's unhappy about the news, obviously; indeed, Sony plans to celebrate with a fancy US bundle consisting of an 80GB PlayStation 3, MGS4, and DualShock 3 for USD 499, which is approximately GBP 250 / EUR 330.

Check out our Metal Gear Solid 4 first impressions and indeed our Metal Gear Online first impressions elsewhere on the site so I can retire (see - it's win win).

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (19)

About the author

Tom Bramwell

Tom Bramwell

Contributor

Tom worked at Eurogamer from early 2000 to late 2014, including seven years as Editor-in-Chief.