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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to be released September - as Hideo Kojima says he's 'closing the loop on that saga'

BY JACK SHEPHERD

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's release date for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3 versions of the game is set for September 1st later this year, while PC gamers will have to wait another two weeks, until September 15, to get their hands on Snake’s latest adventure.

In an interview with IGN, creator Hideo Kojima said that this will be the last game in the series for him.  “I always say ‘this will be my last Metal Gear’, but the games in the series that I've personally designed and produced - Metal Gear on MSX, MG2, MGS1, 2, 3, 4, Peace Walker, and now MGSV - are what constitute a single 'Metal Gear Saga.' With MGSV, I'm finally closing the loop on that saga.”

“In that sense, this will be the final 'Metal Gear Solid. Even if the ‘Metal Gear’ franchise continues, this is the last ‘Metal Gear.’”

Phantom Pain will also feature a competitive multiplayer mode, Metal Gear Online, that will go live on launch day.

The collector’s edition announced comes with a number of exclusives including a half-scale replica of Snake’s bionic arm, collectors packaging, a behind the scenes documentary and exclusive digital content. Sony has also announced a special edition Metal Gear Solid V PS4 console, with a colour scheme similar to the bionic arm.

Twitter reaction has been positive, with many saying how excited they are for the game, while many have also mentioned how Kojima has said this is his last Metal Gear game a number of times.

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