If there's one person who could be described as the mad genius of the gaming industry, it's Hideo Kojima. Innovation is one thing, but the ways in which Kojima has foregrounded the medium of gaming in order to produce meaningful and unexpected gameplay is something else entirely. And that's made the wait for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain all the more difficult - but that will change this Thursday.
While the singleplayer campaigns of past Metal Gear Solid titles have proven to be the hallmark of the series, multiplayer has also played its part in Snake's history. Most recently shown off in Metal Gear Online, players have had ample chances to take to the online arena. Recently shown at Gamescom in a behind-closed-doors demo, the Metal Gear Solid 5 multiplayer will be getting its official public reveal on Thursday, August 19 at 3am PT/6am ET.
The reveal footage will be premiered by IGN and will show off the 25 minute demo that only a lucky number of people got to see at at the German gaming convention. In addition to showing off the much-anticipated follow-up to Metal Gear Online, gamers will get a better look at the game's massive open world, the wide-ranging effects that the day-night cycle will have on gameplay, and the fun with cardboard boxes that gamers have come to associate with demos of the game.
As is often the case with reveals of this sort, off-screen footage of the demo made its way onto the internet only to be promptly removed. While little is available on what this multiplayer will entail, there's no doubt that Kojima surely has some aces hidden up his sleeve. Ground Zeroes represented an interesting evolution of the franchise (check out our review) and while it was only a teaser of sorts, it's clear that any attempts at multiplayer will greatly differ from Metal Gear Online.
The Phantom Pain will clearly still put a heavy emphasis on stealth, but as evidenced by the launch trailer for Ground Zeroes, it's easier than ever to go in guns blazing. Expecting something along the lines of Call of Duty would be a little too far along the spectrum, but it wouldn't be at all surprising to see this title sporting a multiplayer that is more fast-paced and kinetic.
Despite Ground Zeroes' short play-time, it's hard to deny the immense excitement that Kojima's upcoming title has managed to generate. In a sea of interesting titles that seem afraid to push the envelope too far, Metal Gear Solid 5 looks to be one of the first games that could truly push the current generation of hardware outside of its comfort zone.
How would you like to see the multiplayer handled in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain? Would you like to see it take on a faster pacing?
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain currently has no release date but is expected to release in 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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