This news was announced during The Game Awards after a trailer for Metal Gear Online. Konami added that the game won’t cost players anything extra than the price of MGSV.
The trailer below showcases the game’s class system, and features notable characters from the Metal Gear franchise as playable.
Though Kiefer Sutherland and Kojima-san are great, skip to 5:04 for the exciting stuff.
The Phantom Pain launches in 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, though there is some speculation about a specific date. Konami has yet to announce when the PC version will release, but has confirmed that it is in development.
While it doesn’t seem like the biggest news that a game will be sold with free multiplayer in tow, the fact that it will not require an additional fee is a change to how Metal Gear Online has been offered in the past. In its Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots iteration it was offered separately with separate fees. If MGO can improve upon the already innovative past and remain as inexpensive as most other secondary multiplayer services, then gamers will be graced with a tactical multiplayer shooter to rival some of the best.
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