Metal Gear Solid 5 News

Metal Gear Solid 5 update adds playable Ocelot to FOB missions

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.

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Watch the first Metal Gear Survive gameplay

Watch the first Metal Gear Survive gameplay

"It's like a nightmare that you can't wake up from!"

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.

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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.

Metal Gear Solid 5 has shipped 6m units

Konami's Pachinko revenue declines, despite Silent Hill and Castlevania cabinets.

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 PC emerges from beta to full launch

Metal Gear Online PC emerges from beta to full launch

Offers free 3000 Gear points if you play this week.

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."

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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.

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's latest update brings new tools and tricks to FOBs

Metal Gear Solid 5's latest update brings new tools and tricks to FOBs

And a Quiet little surprise in the story, too.

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.

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Escape From New York IP-holder wanted to sue Metal Gear Solid

John Carpenter said not to, because Kojima is "a nice guy".

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.

Does Metal Gear Solid 5's Eva costume DLC really have a "tactical advantage?"

UPDATE: Konami updates descriptive text on DLC item.

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.

Konami apologises for Metal Gear Online's poor launch stability

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."

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Konami ceases triple-A console production on all but PES - report

Worldwide technology director Julien Merceron also reportedly departs.

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.

Metal Gear Solid 5 will have horse armour DLC

UPDATE: And the horse armour costs 79p. Live now exclusively on Xbox platforms.

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.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is series' biggest UK launch

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is series' biggest UK launch

But sells less than Batman: Arkham Knight and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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.

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The final Metal Gear Solid trailer from Hideo Kojima

The final Metal Gear Solid trailer from Hideo Kojima

Featuring The Phantom Pain, and all of the series so far.

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.

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Sony announces a £729 Metal Gear Solid 5-branded walkman

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.

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Metal Gear Solid's 90s radio drama gets an English fan dubbing

"Snake, answer me. Snake? Snaaaaaaaake!"

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.

MGS5: The Phantom Pain gets half an hour of new gameplay footage

MGS5: The Phantom Pain gets half an hour of new gameplay footage

Rocket arms, cardboard box-sledding and sneaky sabotaging.

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.

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Metal Gear Solid 5's new E3 trailer is so Kojima

Metal Gear Solid 5's new E3 trailer is so Kojima

"Directed and edited by Hideo Kojima."

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.

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Metal Gear stylin': Konami is launching an MGS clothing line

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?

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Konami announces plan for brand new Metal Gear series

Konami announces plan for brand new Metal Gear series

UPDATE: Kojima issues statement, says he'll continue working on MGS5. But then?

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!"

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date revealed

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date revealed

UPDATE: confirmed 1st Sep on console, 15th Sep on PC.

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.)

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Metal Gear Online revealed

Toy dogs of war.

Kojima Productions has revealed the first footage of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's online mode, entitled Metal Gear Online.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Snake and Quiet gameplay revealed

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Snake and Quiet gameplay revealed

UPDATE: New video shows off Tokyo Game Show demo.

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.

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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.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain E3 trailer releases early

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain E3 trailer releases early

Konami uploads then pulls it, still online elsewhere for now.

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.

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YouTuber recreates The Phantom Pain's nine minute trailer in GTA5

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.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes 60 fps on PS4 and Xbox One

"Maybe with other games created exclusively for next-gen it might look a little behind," says Kojima.

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.

12 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes gameplay fresh from Tokyo Game Show

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.

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Extended Metal Gear Solid 5 trailer contains some serious torture

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.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain reveals open world gameplay

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain reveals open world gameplay

Snake now has a ponytail... and a pony, for that matter.

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.

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Hideo Kojima announces Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Hideo Kojima announces Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are the same game: MGS5. Watch the GDC trailer inside.

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."

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Kojima says MGS: Ground Zeroes may be too risky to publish, sell

It's "going to be targeting a lot of taboos."

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.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes shown off at PAX

See the first 11 minutes of Snake's next adventure.

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.