The Phantom Pain Gets Chicken Hat

If you cut out some time during your busy holiday schedule, you might have caught Hideo Kojima’s live stream concerning Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Just like good ol’ Saint Nick, he was sharing a few goodies about the new game, and though we weren’t good enough this year to hear a release date, there was at least one nugget of smile-worthy info.

After a nearly three hour stream on Christmas Day, it was confirmed – though, no one was speculating – that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will feature an in-game wearable Chicken Hat. The news clucks in around the 2:45:00 mark in the video below:

But, like many of the more loved, ridiculous equipment options available to Metal Gear fans (cardboard boxes, “gentlemen’s” magazines, etc.) the Chicken Hat will have a very practical use. According to Kojima, if a player is having a difficult time with a certain mission, the game will suggest that Snake equips the hat, slowing enemy reaction times to his discovery, glowing in the dark (just for Snake), and making the game all-around a bit easier.

The only apparent catch: that hat looks really silly.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is expected to release in 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. There is no official release date yet, but speculation suggests it may be Summer 2015. Konami has yet to announce when the PC version will release, though has confirmed that it is in development.

My Opinion:

I’ve come to expect no less from Kojima-san. I love that he’s hyping the difficulty of the new game while giving players an opportunity to lessen it only at the expense of their pride. With gameplay sharing’s rise in popularity and ease, the Chicken Hat is one feature that will make MGSV a more social experience even if it’s only to ridicule a fellow gamer for opting into the hat’s charms.

Jordan Loeffler is an Associate Writer for MONG who drives a 2006 Pontiac Vibe with Minnesota license plates even though he lives in Portland, OR. She’s seafoam green, and she drives like a wave. You can follow him on IGN and on Twitter.

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