Microsoft has unveiled its Xbox Games with Gold line-up for May, and it's a good 'un, headlined by Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, and Platinum's stupendous Vanquish.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's nuclear disarmament cutscene was suddenly unlocked over the weekend on PC - and publisher Konami says it has no idea why.
Sony's announced the PlayStation Plus games for October and the list includes a whopper: Metal Gear Solid 5.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain may be nearly two years old at this point, but Konami is still supporting Hideo Kojima's essential swan song to his storied series by adding a new playable character to its FOB (Forward Operating Base) missions: Revolver Ocelot.
Due in a patch on 1st August, Ocelot, true to his nickname, can draw and reload his weapon faster than other characters. He can also dual-wield a couple of Tornado-6 revolvers that ricochet bullets onto marked foes. It's a cool party trick.
While Ocelot's clothing options cannot be altered, he does have a slightly increased camouflage value.
Konami revealed the first gameplay footage of Metal Gear Survive today at Tokyo Game Show.
As you can see in the following footage, this four-player co-op spin-off looks a lot like Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The graphics and setting appear almost identical, only now there's co-op and zombies.
There's still a fair bit of stealth though as players can slither through the grass and use fulton balloons on wildlife to bait the undead. Sometimes things get more action-focused, such as a section where the players set up a beacon and have to defend it from an onslaught of zombies.
UPDATE 30/8/16 10.45am Konami has now officially confirmed the previously-spotted Metal Gear Solid 5 Definitive Edition.
Last year, Metal Gear Solid publisher Konami said it would help fund a new prosthetic limb for a double amputee gamer.
Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter may have been replaced by Kiefer Sutherland, but the classic Metal Gear Solid actor is sure getting a lot of mileage out of the role as he just reprised his most well known character in a Ford commercial.
Last month the Metal Gear Solid fan remake, Shadow Moses Project, was unceremoniously shut down, ostensibly due to legal pressure from Konami. But now the folks behind that, the Fan Legacy Team, have started a new MGS-related project with another person spurned by Konami: the original Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter.
Hideo Kojima surprised many when he announced that he'd recast the voice of Metal Gear Solid protagonist Snake with Kiefer Sutherland in MGS5 after nearly two decades of David Hayter providing the role.
Freedom fighter Hideo Kojima's star turn at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas yesterday brought with it a few choice comments about the Metal Gear creator's current Konami-less situation - and his plan for the future.
UPDATE 1/03/2015 10.05am: Metal Gear Online's Silence DLC will arrive for purchase on 15th March, Konami has confirmed.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has shipped 6m units between retail and digital as of 31st December 2015, Konami revealed in its latest earnings report.
Metal Gear Online, the competitive online component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, has officially launched on PC, Konami has confirmed.
Previously it was available in beta form.
"We took in a lot of feedback and made a few key adjustments. After some initial hiccups we're going forward guns at the ready," the publisher stated in a Steam update. "However that doesn't mean we've stopped development, quite the contrary. Just like the previously released console versions of MGO, we'll be integrating new updates to the game to improve the experience and add content."
Konami is now recruiting "New Metal Gear" development staff.
Hideo Kojima was apparently considering a tranquil year on a deserted island following his recent departure from Konami (and completion of Metal Gear Solid 5) - until a pep talk by a Hollywood friend changed his mind. Keep it up, the friend urged, you owe your talent that much. "Hearing that affirmed to me that my role in this world is to keep on making big games for as long as I can," Kojima told Simon Parkin for the New Yorker. "That is the mission I've been given in life." And that, I expect, will be a relief for his fans to hear.
UPDATE #2: In a since deleted Q&A session on Medium, PlayStation EU's community manager confirmed that Kojima Productions' upcoming title is "planned to become available on PC (after PS4)."
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was contractually unable to attend The Game Awards due to his employment contract with publisher Konami.
A Christmas PlayStation Store sale begins with a bang today by offering Metal Gear Solid 5 half-price, which means £30 on PS4, £20 on PS3 - markedly cheaper than in most shops. Catch is, the deal only lasts until tomorrow (Wednesday 2nd) at midnight, as it's the first of 12 Deals of Christmas.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain owners have responded to a call to disarm all nuclear weapons.
Metal Gear Solid 5's latest update, which has just gone live, introduces a set of sweeping changes to its online FOB missions, as well as a surprise tweak to the story mode that's been quickly uncovered.
The bulk of November's update to Konami's game, which released back in September, is centred on the online FOB missions in which players can build their own bases while invading others. There are new security devices, such as gun cameras, the ability to now invest in 'Anti-Reflex research' which will narrow the amount of time an invader's Reflex Mode is active and a better integration of 'Stealth Mode' within the game. An option to build a third Forward Operating Base has also been added - the perfect way to spend all those Mother Base coins that you can handily buy for real cash.
Aside from all the FOB stuff are some minor tweaks to the story mode. Firstly, it's now easier to obtain and equip the 'Chicken Hat' and 'Lil' Chick Hat' that grant invisibility from the enemy - a shortcut to a quick and easy base infiltration - while industrious players have unearthed another secret that's not featured in the official patch notes. If you're still ploughing through the story, it's worth noting that what follows contains some significant spoilers.
Metal Gear Solid 5 publisher Konami is helping to make a prosthetic limb for a double amputee gamer.
UPDATE 4th November 2015: Konami has confirmed it's closed its LA studio responsible for Metal Gear Online.
Konami has shipped 5m copies of Metal Gear Solid 5.
It's no secret that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is a fan of John Carpenter's 1981 Kurt Russell vehicle Escape From New York. I mean, the main character in his beloved stealth series is even named after New York's gruff anti-hero and they even share the same mullet, eyepatch, five o'clock shadow and gruff voice. There's yet another reference to Kurt Russell's character in Metal Gear Solid 2 wherein Snake goes by the alias "Iroquois Plissken". The similarities were so close that the company who owns the rights to the film, CanalPlus, wanted to sue Kojima over it.
UPDATE: Konami has updated the descriptive text on Eva's DLC outfit, removing the previous mention of it offering a tactical advantage. On the PlayStation Store it now reads that the item can be unzipped as 'a bold fashion statement'. The description of the item in the game itself remains the same, however.
UPDATE 20/10/2015: Konami has issued a statement to Tokyo Sports (translated by Kotaku), denying Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has left the company.
Metal Gear Online, the competitive online component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, had something of a troubled launch last week.
This really soured Aoife's opinion of Kojima Production's PvP game, but Konami has assured us that a fix has been issued with further improvements to follow.
"We hereby apologise sincerely for the connection, as well as matching stability issues recurring since the MGO service started, that may have caused inconveniences," the publisher stated on its Japanese site before noting that "the service is currently stable."
A diehard Metal Gear Solid fan is remaking the original 1987 Metal Gear in Unreal Engine 4.
Konami has updated Metal Gear Solid 5 ahead of today's launch of Metal Gear Online, and in the process added a microtransaction that has already sparked vociferous debate among players.
Careful, measured footsteps, sticking to the shadows and keeping a watchful eye out for guard patrols - that's one method for stealth. In Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, there's also another that's not quite so subtle.
Konami has ceased all triple-A console game production on everything but Pro Evolution Soccer and there are currently no plans for a big new Metal Gear game, while worldwide technology director Julien Merceron has left the company. That's according to a pair of reports on French site Gameblog. Eurogamer understands both reports to be true.
UPDATE 6th October 2015: Metal Gear Solid 5's costume DLC is live now. [Editor's note: It appears that this is only on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The PlayStation and PC versions have yet to arrive, but an alleged screencap of a since-removed listing on the PlayStation Store suggests a 20th October release.]
The lovely Super Mario Maker enters second in the UK top 40 chart today, recording the fourth highest first-week sales for any Wii U game. (Mario Kart 8 is strongest, then Super Smash Bros. and Nintendo Land.) "An elegant level editor that offers real insight into three decades of platforming brilliance," we said in our review.
Konami has fixed the Metal Gear Solid 5 saved-game corruption bug that occurs when taking buddy Quiet on missions 29 and 42.
Konami has issued an urgent warning to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain players after the discovery of a bug that is corrupting save files.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has launched to higher UK sales than any other game in the series so far.
Hideo Kojima's final installment beat the opening week sales of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty by around 37 per cent.
But The Phantom Pain's sales were not enough to beat either Batman: Arkham Knight or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, making Metal Gear Solid the third largest launch of the year.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is a phenomenal game - worthy of all the praise heaped on it in Rich Stanton's review and then some. There are some parts, though, that are a little less praiseworthy.
THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD.
Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has waved goodbye to the Metal Gear series in a heartfelt video in which he visits the family of a fan who recently passed away.
Konami has removed superstar game designer Hideo Kojima from the cover of Metal Gear Solid 5 and the Metal Gear Solid website, but his name is plastered all over the game where it matters most.
UPDATE 25/08/2015 5.26pm: It looks like all the Phantom Pain streams have been removed, likely due to Konami shutting them down.
Hideo Kojima has revealed his final trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, and therefore his final trailer for the series in total.
Kojima is clearly in a nostalgic mood as the trailer's first half is spent looking at some of the key moments from the Metal Gear Solid series so far.
The footage concludes with a look at the upcoming Phantom Pain, due to launch worldwide on 1st September.
Konami has moved to clarify how microtransactions in Metal Gear Solid 5 work after reports indicated the FOB online multiplayer mode was locked behind a paywall.
Sony has revealed a line-up of Metal Gear Solid 5-branded gadgets in Japan. These range from smartphones to tablets to a £729 walkman.
Revealed on Sony's Japanese store (via Siliconera), the most luxurious item is the ZX series NW-ZX2 Walkman, which goes for ¥140k. That's roughly £729 or $1145.
So what does this outlandishly expensive gadget include, you ask? Well, aside from having an Outer Heaven logo engraved into its back, this walkman is a 128GB model that comes bundled with an Outer Heaven leather case, 10 songs from MGS5, the exclamation point sound effect from the games, and four wallpapers.
Back in 1998 Konami broadcast a 12-part radio drama spin-off of Metal Gear Solid. Directed by Shuyo Murata - who would later go on to co-direct MGS4 - and written by the series' military adviser Motosada Mori, the series was never released in the west. Today Metal Gear fan Josh Griffiths released an English remake of that drama on YouTube and Soundcloud.
Konami has released a series of images comparing the graphics quality of the various version of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Konami has released a 30 minute video that dives deep into Metal Gear Solid 5's Mother Base.
Think you've seen all Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain has to offer? The latest gameplay trailer is here to tell you that no, you have not.
UPDATE 4/8/15 10.30am: Konami has now detailed the PC specifications that you'll need to play Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Respected Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei has published an article that paints a bleak picture of embattled game company Konami.
Clothing line Puma is making official Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain branded sneaking boots.
Half an hour of new Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain footage has been unveiled and it shows off a host of nifty tricks we've not seen before.
One such maneuver is the ability to detach your bionic arm and control it like a guided missile. The robotic arm has a couple of other unique uses too. It's equipped with a sonar detector, so you can punch the ground to reveal the locations of nearby enemies, and you can use its jet propulsion motor to knock out a foe's lights in one hit.
The series' iconic Cardboard Box disguise has also been retrofitted with some new perks as well, like the ability to slide down hills in it like a bobsled.
You can now watch a whopping 40 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay, via a new E3 video by IGN.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has a new trailer for E3 2015, this time "directed and edited by Hideo Kojima".
As such, it's appropriately bonkers. A horned Big Boss/Snake stalks the bloody corridors of a hospital as Skullface offers a cryptic exposition dump about his past in that peculiar, drawn-out rhythm that's so unique to Kojima's work.
Set to New Order's 1985 opus Elegia, this is perhaps the talkiest of MGS5's trailers, but it's still plenty exciting with lots of striking imagery as Snake runs from giant robots and evidently hobnobs with Skullface. This is chronologically the latest game in the Big Boss saga, so we can likely expect to see him finish his transition from hero to villain.
Konami is bringing the limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 to Europe.
As Konami continues its attempt to erase Hideo Kojima from history, one developer has stepped into the breach.
UPDATE 08/05/2015: Konami has unveiled its Metal Gear Solid 1984 collection of clothes via the Insert Coin website.
There are a raft of £22 T-shirts and £40 jumpers and other bits and bobs based on the Metal Gear Solid franchise and, specifically, the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5. There's a lot of Shadow Moses, Foxhound and Snake gubbins going. The £55 Diamond Dogs 84 jacket, right, looks nice.
Here's a gallery of images. Tempted?
Metal Gear Online, the multiplayer component of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, will support up to 16 players on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Despite recent drama behind the scenes of Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid game series, Sony Pictures is pushing ahead with its big screen version of the franchise.
UPDATE 2: Hideo Kojima has issued a joint statement with Konami following recent rumours about his status within the Japanese game company.
"I want to reassure fans that I am 100 per cent involved and will continue working on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain," he said.
"I'm determined to make it the greatest game I've directed to date. Don't miss it!"
Hideo Kojima's name has been removed from Metal Gear Solid 5 branding.
Metal Gear Solid 5 launches on Steam two weeks after console, Konami has revealed.
UPDATE 04/03/2015: Konami has confirmed a 1st September 2015 release date for Metal Gear Solid 5 on console, but the PC version launches later. Head to our latest Metal Gear Solid 5 news story for more.
ORIGINAL STORY 03/03/2015: Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain launches worldwide on 1st September 2015, it's been revealed.
Publisher Konami had planned an official announcement tomorrow (there's even a countdown on the Metal Gear Solid website pointing to 2pm UK time on 4th March). But an eagle-eyed NeoGAF user found a couple of video interviews with series creator Hideo Kojima on website IGN's server, and they reveal the release date. (They've now been pulled.)
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.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain includes the recently-revealed Metal Gear Online, Konami has confirmed.
Kojima Productions has revealed the first footage of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's online mode, entitled Metal Gear Online.
A new Metal Gear Online experience will be revealed at The Game Awards next week.
UPDATE 26/09/2014 2.48am: All of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's Tokyo Games Show trailers are now available in English.
UPDATE: We now have a video of the gameplay demo delivered at Tokyo Game Show today. Watch Snake and sniper Quiet sneak through a jungle below.
ORIGINAL STORY: Konami has unveiled new footage of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain featuring Snake and his new sniper pal Quiet, while Metal Gear Solid boss Hideo Kojima has just finished demoing a section of gameplay featuring the two live at Tokyo Games Show.
During the demo, Kojima also confirmed that the game would be released in 2015.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will have a multiplayer mode in which players can invade each others' home bases.
A fan project to remake the original Metal Gear will no longer go ahead following discussions with franchise publisher Konami.
Hideo Kojima has debuted a 17 minute developer walkthrough of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain at Konami's latest Gamescom press event.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes are coming to Steam.
Since the Metal Gear series' genesis in 1987 protagonist Solid Snake has frequently avoided detection by cleverly utilising the simplest of tools: the cardboard box. But there was one problem: this left him vulnerable to detection if anyone so much as suspected that they saw the box move, even a little. But now, in 2014 (or 1984 when the game is set), this curious piece of Snake's equipment just got a whole lot more crafty.
Russia Today has been spotted using a screenshot from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain in a political commentary report on African child soldiers.
You've read what I thought about the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain E3 gameplay demo - now it's time to check it out for yourself.
A little earlier than planned, here's the E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Konami uploaded this five-and-a-half minute video to its YouTube account this morning - apparently in error, as it was pulled offline quickly afterward.
But other versions still exist online - such as the one below. Be sure to crank it up to HD and watch in fullscreen for the full effect.
Sony has begun discussions with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm its Metal Gear Solid movie, a new report suggests.
Japanese YouTuber EV niconico has used Grand Theft Auto 5 to remake Hideo Kojima's stunning nine minute red band E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
The results are simultaneously epic and hilarious. Some parts match up with the original trailer quite well - like the torture scene - while others take certain creative liberties with the content. There's no way to produce medics removing a body bomb, for example, so instead an alien autopsy easter egg is used. It's goofy as all hell, but still syncs with the music surprisingly well.
It's a shame that the English translation isn't better with the word "stelth" rearing its ugly head on more than one occasion, but all is forgiven for the amazing caption card that reads "Kojima is god!" Now if only the actual Phantom Pain trailer boasted the same claim.
The identity of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's mysterious character Ishmael - who has so far only appeared with his face covered in bandages - has been hinted at by an eagle-eyed fan.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima said that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be "over 200 times bigger than Ground Zeroes" in a recent group interview attended by Eurogamer in Japan.
Ground Zeroes, the prologue to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, will launch for PlayStations 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in spring 2014.
Former Square Enix technology chief Julien Merceron has joined Konami as worldwide technology director.
"THERE ISN'T TIME, NINA!"
We've seen Snake sneaking at night, and now - as another beefy Metal Gear Solid 5 video tumbles out of Japan - we can see Snake sneaking during the day.
In the wake of the controversy around Grand Theft Auto 5's unskippable and playable torture scene, Hideo Kojima has said the torture scene glimpsed in Metal Gear Solid 5 trailers will be kept to a cutscene.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, the open world prologue to Metal Gear Solid 5 that's headed to both current generation machinery and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is shooting for 60 frames per second on next-gen.
Hideo Kojima presented a 12 minute live gameplay demo of Metal Gear Solid 5 at Tokyo Game Show today.
The video, below, is lifted from the Ground Zeroes prologue portion of Metal Gear Solid 5, and features Snake (or is it Big Boss?) doing his thing under cover of night in the pouring rain.
We see the special operative sneak about a military base, taking out guards, driving a truck before eventually flying off in a helicopter. Be warned, Kojima and co do a lot of talking in Japanese over the game audio.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has commented on a series of messages posted to his Twitter account this week where he described asking for a female MGS5 character to be made "more erotic".
An extended version of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's trailer from Microsoft's press conference has been released.
At a whopping 9:15, it adds an extra couple of minutes, mostly devoted to people getting tortured.
It's pretty brutal, but unlike last year's Splinter Cell Blacklist footage, you're not the one doing the torturing. Except for that bit where Snake and company grab what appears to be a bomb out of some kid's guts.
Kojima productions revealed its first look at Metal Gear Solid 5's gameplay to kick off Microsoft's E3 press conference today.
The big change this time around is that the game is open world. At least partially set in Afghanistan, we get a glimpse of Snake riding a horse while hanging on to its side to avoid detection. That's right, it combines horse riding and hiding behind cover in one fluid action. That's what we call innovation!
Alternatively, you can hop onto a truck and hide behind its cargo.
Update: Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that Sutherland will be in Ground Zeroes as well as Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake for the last 15 years, has waved an emotional goodbye to the Metal Gear series.
Update #4: Hideo Kojima just tweeted that Ground Zeroes is the prologue section in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain:
"'Ground Zeroes' is a prologue of 'MGSV'," he explained. "9 years after that event will be 'The Phantom Pain'. MGSV is constructed w/ prologue and main game 'TPP'. The game play demo I presented today is the opening of 'TPP' which is tutorial that starts from crawling."
Update #3: Regular Snake voice actor David Hayter has said on Twitter that he's not involved. "Well look," he tweeted. "At least I had a good run." When asked by a fan whether he was asked to be involved at all, he replied, "Nope."
Legendary developer Hideo Kojima has come up with an interesting idea for combating rising video game production costs: the video game pilot.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima thinks that his upcoming entry in the solid stealth series may be too taboo-heavy to be published in its current form. And even if it does see the light of day, he's unsure if it will sell given its grim subject matter.
Game developer legend Hideo Kojima doesn't like being thought of as the Metal Gear guy.
Square Enix reckons the Japanese game industry is gradually pushing back.
Hideo Kojima is open to reviving Policenauts and Snatcher as well as lending a hand to a new Silent Hill game - though it's unlikely he'd be able to take a direct role in any of the projects himself.
Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes will see the base-building and development from PSP outing Peace Walker return - and it'll be a feature that will likely be accessible from smart phones and other devices.
Stealth adventure Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will include loading screens as players sneak about its open world map.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima showed off the first gameplay footage of his latest in the stealth-action series Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes earlier today at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington.