Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain Release Date Announced: Hits September With DLC-Packed Day 1 And Collector's Editions

By Alex Riviello , Updated Mar 04, 2015 09:46 AM EST
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Konami has announced today that Metal Gear Soild V: The Phantom Pain will be hitting worldwide on September 1, 2015. Not only that, but they're offering two special editions, which can net you some all-important Cardboard box DLC. Seriously.

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The game will continue the story from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (check out our review here) and expand it into massive open-world environments, full of realistic weather patterns, day/night cycles, and, of course, plenty of bases to crawl around in with a cardboard box on your head. There will be new close-quarter combat skills, "vastly improved enemy AI", and what's more, Metal Gear Online, which is included in the main game and will allow you to fight against other players in competitive matches.

Metal Gear Online will be similar to anyone who played the multiplayer mode bundled with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, although it's been redesigned with a class system, and will include never-before-playable characters like Venom Snake and Ocelot.

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Another big component of Phantom Pain is the new Mother Base system, which adds a little bit of strategy to the game. You'll begin with a small-scale off-shore rig, which you will add personnel you rescue and items you find to expand and improve it. You'll be able to airlift all sorts of stuff to your base and use the iDROID app to manage it on your time away from the game. The Mother Base is also "central" to the multiplayer, as you can raid other players' Mother Bases to steal items.

It's going to be great. Fans interested in the game will be able to preorder it in order to secure the "Day 1 Edition", which comes with extra content, or the Collector's Edition, whichn comes packed with all kinds of physical goodies. Here's the full list of extras from each edition-

$59.99 “Day 1 Edition” Content (Physical Version*)

- MAP

DLC items

- Adam-ska Special Handgun
- Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
- Cardboard Box (Wetland)
- Fatigues (Blue Urban Snake Costume)
- METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST
*Digital Version contents to be announced at a future time

$99.99 Collector’s Edition Content (Physical Version Only):

- Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm
- Collectible SteelBook
- Behind the Scenes Documentary & Trailers Blu-ray Disc
- MAP
- Exclusive Packaging

DLC items

WEAPON & SHIELD PACK

- Windurger S333 Combat Special Revolver
- Adam-ska Special Handgun
- Maschinen Taktische Pistole 5 Weiss Special Handgun
- Rasp Short-Barreled Shotgun Gold
- Personal Ballistic Shield (Olive Drab)
- Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
- Personal Ballistic Shield (White)
- Personal Ballistic Shield (Gold)

CARDBOARD BOXES

- Cardboard Box (Rocky Terrain)
- Cardboard Box (All-Purpose Dryland)
- Cardboard Box (Wetland)

SNAKE COSTUMES

- Fatigues (Black Ocelot)
- Fatigues (Gray Urban)
- Fatigues (Blue Urban)
- Fatigues (All-Purpose Dryland)

Other

- "VENOM SNAKE" Emblem

MGO BOOST

- METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST

-MGO Items

- Metal Gear Rex Helmet
- AM MRS-4 GOLD Assault Rifle
- WU S. PISTOL GOLD

You can pre-order the game here.

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