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Metal Gear Solid 4 multiplayer spin-off Metal Gear Online will be switched off on 12th June, publisher Konami has announced.
Konami has released a patch for Metal Gear Online, the free online component of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots that was released just shy of three years ago.
It's designed to "detect fraudulent network connections, which will slow down the gameplay during the session". Presumably the patch will block those fraudulent network connections and thus speed up gameplay.
Other changes include:
Remember Metal Gear Online - the online component of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots? Konami's announced a new six-versus-six competition for it.
Konami is promoting Metal Gear Online with a monthly series of Survival Challenge events. Starting a week on Saturday - 28th November - players will be awarded Reward Points based on the length of their team's winning streak in Survival games over a 24-hour period.
Konami has wheeled out more goodies for Metal Gear Online, including playable character Old Snake and his Octo-cam suit, which will automatically blend him into the environment.
Konami has released a bikini patch for Metal Gear Online, which strips female characters of their cumbersome tops.
Hideo Kojima has revealed the first ever Metal Gear title for arcades: an adaptation of the PS3's Metal Gear Online with 3D visuals called Metal Gear Arcade.
"Metal Gear Solid finally makes its appearance on the coin-ops," he said at Konami's E3 press conference. "It's coming back from the PS3's Metal Gear Online. That was quite a hit, so we're going to bring it to the coin-ops."
Metal Gear Arcade's imposing, enclosed cabinets were shown on screen in suites of four, but they will also be connected between arcades via the eKonami system. They will offer full 3D visuals through goggles. "If you put on these goggles which allow you to see the 3D view, you'll be able to see the enemies pop up in 3D," Kojima said.
Konami will add Race Mission and Patriot modes to Metal Gear Online during May. They're free, available to all and not nearly as naughty as they sound.
Konami has announced that the Metal Gear Online SCENE expansion will be released on 17th March in Europe for EUR 17.99.
The pack consists of playable Vamp and Raiden characters, along with three new maps, a new Solo Capture gameplay mode and a range of accessories.
If you're really keen on it, Konami will begin pre-orders on 10th March, and anyone who pays out then gets exclusive Cardboard Box Man headgear for use in the game as a loyalty bonus.
Konami has announced the third expansion pack for Metal Gear Online, MGS4's tactical multiplayer component for PS3. The SCENE expansion will be released in March and include three new maps and two new characters, as well as some new gear options.
The characters are warring fops Raiden and Vamp, who MGS4 players will remember from a series of charged confrontations in Hideo Kojima's epic.
The three maps are Outer Outlet, Hazard House and Ravaged Riverfront - respectively, an industrial wasteland, a mansion, and a clock tower with overground, underground and underwater areas.
Konami plans to add a new Bomb Mission to Metal Gear Online next Tuesday. This will be free and applied automatically upon sign-in.
Konami has unleashed a Rookie Campaign for Metal Gear Online, which rewards newcomers with thousands of in-game points to spend on crocodile hats, afro hairdos and camouflage suits.
Sony and Konami respectively have announced WipEout HD and Metal Gear Online demos for release on Christmas Eve, which is Wednesday, 24th December in old money.
Konami has altered a number of things in Metal Gear Online to coincide with the arrival of the MEME Expansion.
We knew a few of these tweaks were on the way, such as a No Headshot rule, Stealth deathmatches, and an Interval mode where people can chat and practice and not lose statistical pride.
But it's nice to see a full list of changes and know the update has been applied (thanks, PS3 Fanboy).
Konami will be releasing the Meme Expansion for Metal Gear Online on 25th November.
Pre-orders can be placed for EUR 7.99 from 18th November, when there will also be a EUR 12.99 bundle pack containing both the Gene and Meme expansions. GBP prices are yet to be revealed.
The Meme Expansion adds a couple of special characters to the game: Liquid Ocelot with his fancy targeting manipulation skills, and Mei Ling who can transfix enemies, apparently - maybe she has eyes like the scary man on that Lynx advert.
Konami has said over 1 million people are now members of Metal Gear Online, the multiplayer component to MGS4 that launched back in June.
Konami has promised to show a second Metal Gear Online expansion at the Tokyo Game Show next week.
Inside will be three new areas - Silo Sunset, Forest Firefight and Winter Warehouse - and two extra characters: Liquid Ocelot and Mei Ling.
There's no date or price, according to the Famitsu piece (as read by Destructoid), but Ellie, Oli and Kristan will be jetting off to the Tokyo event to find out.
An army man who worked as a consultant on the Metal Gear Solid series is in trouble for allegedly smuggling night vision scopes out of the US.
Konami has admitted there are currently "no permanent solutions" to technical hiccups relating to the Metal Gear Online Gene Expansion.
The Metal Gear Online Gene Expansion pack has collapsed under the weight of internet demand.
Konami plans to expand Metal Gear Online this Thursday by adding its first Online Gene Expansion pack.
Solid Snake voice man David Hayter has written an open letter to the Internet after comments he made at the Anime Expo recently were apparently "misinterpreted".
Konami has updated Metal Gear Online with two free new gameplay modes: Team Sneaking and Headshot Only.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has revealed his top five games, which just happen to include Metal Gear Solid.
Konami has announced the Metal Gear Online component of MGS4 will soon be available separately in Japan.
Gamestation is now taking pre-orders for a limited edition Metal Gear Solid 4 watch.
Sony will be popping a special Metal Gear Solid 4 database application on the US PlayStation Store today.
What do you think? Ready to go for another 2000 comments? Or is everyone still too tired from last time? It probably doesn't matter, since Metal Gear's optional online side dish doesn't quite come with the same burden of expectation and devotion as the main course. It is, however, very much a distinct and separate part of the package and thus worthy of its own moment in the spotlight. And, for the benefit of those on both sides, that's exactly how I'll be scoring it - as the first iteration of a standalone Metal Gear Online game that just happens to come bundled with Metal Gear Solid 4.
For those who took part in the beta, the first thing you'll notice is how little has changed. Turns out that the beta test wasn't a glimpse at what Metal Gear Online had to offer, but the chance to play with about 80 percent of the game. They've even retained that awful login system, which I had naively hoped might just have been a long-winded method of tracking beta usage. Sadly not. You still need two logins - a Konami ID and a Game ID - both of which must be registered using a poorly designed website and a very fussy data entry system, if you haven't already set one up during the beta. Names mustn't be the same as your PSN ID, one password must be at least eight alphanumeric characters, the other is more like a pin number...I swear, I have to jump through fewer security hoops to access my online banking.
It is, admittedly, a one-off inconvenience but one that comes at just about the worst time. We've already had to watch Snake blow smoke rings for twenty minutes while the main game installs, and then twiddle our thumbs while downloading another update for Metal Gear Online. After that, forcing players to fill out finicky forms before they can enjoy themselves feels downright perverse. In fact, at one point, having shuttled between my living room PS3 and office PC several times, checking for confirmation emails and digging out old passwords, I felt sure it must be one of Kojima's post-modern pranks and Psycho Mantis would pop up and laugh at me, but no - Konami really is just being awkward.
Metal Gear Solid 4 will not necessarily be the end of the series, but rather the farewell to Solid Snake and his story.
Rewind to a week ago, and my first impression of the long-awaited Metal Gear Online beta test probably wouldn't have been suitable for public consumption, dominated as it was by thoughts such as "f**king slow updates", "s**t c**k dropped connections" and "which s****k w****ler designed this g**k m***ing sign-up process?"
Konami has updated the Metal Gear Online beta test with a new "Sneaking Mission" game mode and a map called "Midtown Maelstrom" based on one of the environments in Metal Gear Solid 4.
The European Metal Gear Online beta is now up and running.
You spotted it and you reported it. And you will hold a place in our heart.
There was panic that the beta, pushed back from earlier in the week, would not make it for the weekend.
Konami has popped out a small update for the Metal Gear Online beta client ahead of its Western launch this weekend.
We've no idea what it will do, but suggest grabbing it ahead of the weekend traffic.
The beta had previously been scheduled to start earlier this week, but was pushed back to early tomorrow morning - around 7am GMT - because Konami had problems handling the amount of people trying to take part.
Konami plans to extend the Metal Gear Online beta test because "extraordinary" levels of traffic have prevented it from working so far.
It was due to go live yesterday, but will now aim to launch this weekend or at the beginning of next week. As a result, the beta will end a week later on 11th May.
Konami and Solid Snake are very sorry for being rubbish and thank you for your patience.
Sony has decorated its freshly relaunched PlayStation Store with the Metal Gear Online beta client, the Broken Mirror expansion for Warhawk, and a Deadly Dragons pack for Lair, marking a return to its usual schedule of Thursday updates.
Konami has released a few more details about the Metal Gear Online beta, which is due to kick off on Monday 21st April.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Konami Online's Brandon Laurino reveals that each beta participant will have a single character slot to play with, allowing them to personalise an in-game avatar and customise/upgrade skills.
Each player can pick four skills to specialise in out of a list that includes CQC, knife fighting, quickness, alertness, heavy weaponry mastery, demolition and sniper mastery. "Talking for hours about Gozilla" isn't listed.
Konami has said the European Metal Gear Online beta will run from 21st April to 6th May.
The client will be available to download from 17th April, as Sony told us earlier.
Two of the five maps from the full game will be available to mess around on: Blood Bath and Groznyi Grad.
Sony has confirmed that the redesigned PlayStation Store will go live in Europe on 15th April, alongside firmware update version 2.30.
It also revealed the European Metal Gear Online beta test will be available on the Store from 17th April.
That date will also see releases of Warhawk expansion Broken Mirror, as well as Diabolical Dragons and Skyguard Upgrade packs for Lair.
Konami has told Eurogamer that it will be announcing its European Metal Gear Online beta plans "shortly".
Its comments follow (at a safe and undetectable distance) word earlier that sign-ups to the MGO beta in Japan appear to be inaccessible to those of us with Western-originating IP addresses.
The full game is due out around the world alongside Metal Gear Solid 4 on 12th June, so Konami had better get its skates on.
Konami Japan appears to be blocking outside attempts to sign-up for the Metal Gear Online beta test.
Those trying have suddenly found the Japanese site off limits, suggesting the developer is trying to keep a lid on the amount of people involved.
If you already have a code, your position may be less set-in-stone than you think - Konami could go on to deny all Western-originating IP addresses from taking part.
Konami has announced that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be released in Europe on 12th June as well as in the US.
Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be released in the US on 12th June for PS3.
Elsewhere, Sony revealed that the Metal Gear Online beta test will begin on 21st April and run for "approximately two weeks".
In order to qualify in the US, players will need to pre-order MGS4 once the pre-sale package goes on, er, sale in April.
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.
Metal Gear is a name that comes with baggage. Think of Metal Gear, and you think of Solid Snake, of Revolver Ocelot, Big Boss, Raiden, Otacon and a host of other improbably named characters down through the past ten years. You think of the excitement around Metal Gear Solid, the hype around MGS2, perhaps the satisfaction of MGS3's return to form. You think of Hideo Kojima's complex, philosophy-laden storylines and self-indulgent cut-scenes, and his constant claims that the next MGS will be his last - and the next, and the next. Metal Gear's baggage has piled up to the point where this is a videogaming institution, upon which many gamers have strong views. Whether it's a love of the series' great characters, a hatred for the dodgy pacing and interminable codec dialogue sequences, or a simple case of old-fashioned platform fanboyism, it's not hard to find those who profess either to love or to hate Metal Gear.
Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Solid Online will both be playable at Tokyo Game Show this week. Konami has also prepared new trailers for both, which it showed off at a Japanese press conference earlier today.
The first in-game footage of Meta Gear Solid 4 PS3 is now showing on Eurogamer TV.
No place to hide. Apart from everywhere.
Konami has unveiled an online Metal Gear Solid title for PlayStation 3 at a media briefing in Japan.
Metal Gear Online will see up to 16 players sneaking around new environments in game modes not previously seen in the likes of MGS3: Subsistence.
The official website shows off a selection of screenshots.