Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain continues on from where the superb Ground Zeroes left off, and now, the release date has been revealed.
This entry is the series’ largest and most ambitious edition to date, expanding upon themes and content seen in Ground Zeroes. Set within huge open-world environments, Phantom Pain is brought to vivid life with realistic weather patterns and day/night cycles. Thus, players can adapt their tactics to match the changing environment, creating an intuitive and non-linear gameplay experience. Similarly, a host of acclaimed Metal Gear Solid troops return in hugely advanced forms, including expanded CQC (Close-Quarter Combat) skills, vastly improved enemy AI, online elements that complement the single player campaign, and an all-new version of Metal Gear Online, a competitive multiplayer mode, included within the main game.
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Hideo Kojima’s groundbreaking title sets a new standard in stealth-action, with the series’ famed sneaking elements greatly expanded within the sprawling play area. A host of new characters – both allies and enemies – tell a story driven by revenge, as franchise protagonist Big Boss enters a series of battlefields following the deaths of his colleagues. Central to the game is a hideously disfigured adversary known as Skull Face, while the ongoing conflict also introduces the new, iconic characters, such as the mysterious Quiet – a mute female warrior with incredible abilities.
Tactical elements are also added to the game via Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain’s new Mother Base system. Players begin with a small-scale off-shore rig, which can be customized and expanded using liberated items and personnel. Players use an enhanced version of the innovative Fulton system pioneered in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker to airlift guards, vehicles, weapons, raw materials and kit to their base, where the staff will use these resources to develop the base to the user’s specifications. An accompanying iDROID app will allow players to manage their Mother Base and its development, using staff to develop new weapons, carry out missions and implement defense systems. The latter becomes vital as the Mother Base is focal to the multiplayer online elements of the game’s campaign, where players can raid each others’ Mother Bases to wreak havoc and steal essential items.
Additionally, Metal Gear Online – the game’s dedicated competitive multiplayer mode – will go live at the launch of Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain. The online element represents the third iteration of the popular multiplayer game, newly redesigned with the familiar gameplay and aesthetic styling of its companion single-player campaign. Metal Gear Online features a “class system” that more uniquely defines the strengths and abilities of player characters on the battlefield. Key characters from the series including Venom Snake and Ocelot will also make appearances in the anticipated multiplayer feature.
Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is released on September 1st and the launch will see a number of product options available to passionate fans of the series, with the game being released in both a special ‘Day 1 Edition’ and a limited ‘Collector’s Edition’.
‘Day 1 Edition’ Content:
- MAP (Physical Version Only)
- Adam-ska Special Handgun
Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
Cardboard Box (Wetland)
Fatigues (Blue Urban Snake Costume)
METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST
*Steam version will include the above DLC content at launch
‘Collector’s Edition’ Content:
- Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm
Behind the Scenes Documentary & Trailers Blu-ray Disc
WEAPON & SHIELD PACK:
- Windurger S333 Combat Special Revolver
Adam-ska Special Handgun
Maschinen aktische Pistole 5 Weiss Special Handgun
Rasp Short-Barreled Shotgun Gold
Personal Ballistic Shieldã€€(Olive Drab)
Personal Ballistic Shieldã€€(Silver)
Personal Ballistic Shieldã€€(White)
Personal Ballistic Shieldã€€(Gold)
- Cardboard Box (Rocky Terrain)
Cardboard Box (All-Purpose Dryland)
Cardboard Box (Wetland)
- Fatigues (Black Ocelot)
Fatigues (Gray Urban)
Fatigues (Blue Urban)
Fatigues (All-Purpose Dryland)
- ‘VENOM SNAKE’ Emblem
- METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST
- Metal Gear Rex Helmet
AM MRS-4 GOLD Assault Rifle
WU S. PISTOL GOLD
Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain, including Metal Gear Online, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN including METAL GEAR ONLINE, will retail with an SRP of £59.99 on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One, £49.99 on PS3 and Xbox 360.
The Collector’s Edition is £99.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, while the Steam version is out on September 15th.
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