The day I have been waiting for (Bar seeing Radiohead in June and the actual release date) has finally arrived. Kojima Productions, Konami and The KP Report Podcast with Ryan Peyton has finally confirmed that the game I was born to play, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the Playstation 3 (LISTEN CAREFULLY BRENDAN, PLAYSTATION 3, NOT XBOX 360!!! NOR WII, RYAN YOU IDIOT!!! WII CANT HANDLE MGS4 BITCH!), has finally been confirmed for a worldwide release everywhere in Asia, Europe, America, UK and Ireland, Japan, the full fucking works!!! from Thursday June 12th 2008.
I thank you Konami for not having it at June 6th (As that was the day I go to see Radiohead in Dublin) ahhhh! OK…calm down.
MGS4 will be getting 3 SKU’s as you may know by now which is of course MGS4 + Metal Gear Online 2 (Starter Pack) as standard but also there will be a special edition containing the game and MGO2 starter pack as well as a special Blu-Ray featuring a making of and the trailers of game.
The 3rd and final SKU will be a bundle for the game. A special SCEI approved bundle on the game with a 80GB Playstation 3 bundle, a DualShock 3 and the special edition of the game.
A teaser site has also been opened for MGS4 as well as MGO2 to which we will link below but new info on MGO2 has been released with a familiar map getting a re-name. City Under Siege…or C.U.S for short is remembered to be the most familiar and favoured map in MGO1 back when it was with the release of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence for the Playstation 2. But now, while the map seems to have rusted away but still there, it has a new name called Urban Ultimatum. There will also be 4 other maps including Grozny Grad which you will recognise from MGS3.
A beta for MGO2 has been confirmed for the end of April in Japan and America as well as Europe but it will only run for 2 weeks until the start of May. The only way you can get the beta is if you pre-order the game in America and Japan but Konami UK have confirmed that the beta will be coming to the UK but details of how will be forthcoming (Most likely, you pre-order the game from GAME and you get the code) but when you pre-order the game, you’ll also get a DVD showing a reworked Metal Gear Saga 2.0 which was a DVD released only in Japan with the Metal Gear Solid Collection.
Overall, simply put, it doesnt matter if you are new or old to Metal Gear, if you want one good reason why you should get a PS3…
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and celebrate in the pissing rain and dance in the rain out in the street…
*goes out dancing in the rain to Mint Royale’s Dancing in the Rain remix*
*comes back in the rain and adds something*
Oh, I forgot to point out 2 things.
1: The full press release.
February 29th, 2008 KONAMI will simultaneously release METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS (“MGS4″), a PLAYSTATIONR3® (PS3®) title, in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia on Thursday, June 12, 2008.
This will be the first time ever for KONAMI to simultaneously release the METAL GEAR series throughout the world.
The METAL GEAR series celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. The series has been created to carry an antiwar and antinuclear theme to society, and its total sales have surpassed 22 million units (*1) worldwide.
MGS4 will be the final chapter in the METAL GEAR series, so all the major characters will make an appearance and all the remaining mysteries will be unveiled.
In addition, MGS4 was awarded a prize for excellence in the entertainment category (*2) at the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, The National Art Center, and CG-ARTS Society as a video game pursuing a depth of visual expression that outstrips every previous generation of hardware.
In Japan, KONAMI will launch MGS4 in the following 3 package:
The “Standard Version” including METAL GEAR Online Starter Pack, the “Special Edition” including a Blu-ray Disc of bonus features in addition to the everything included in the Standard Version, and the “Premium Pack” which includes a PLAYSTATION®3 Console in addition to the Special Edition.
2: The Countdown widget:
You may notice that we now have a countdown widget for the game. Well, as much as I am looking forward to GTA IV, even if Rockstar do the same thing, I wont put it here. IMO, MGS4 is going to be the biggest release (GTA IV…cant wait but way too overhyped) this century and that is why I added a countdown. This is only a one off and wont happen again on the site but as for the widget itself, it has all the trailers and all tiny little extras ;)
*goes back out in the rain and dances*