The annual European gaming fair known as Gamescom is one of largest and most significant video game expos in existence. To put it into perspective, E3 2014 in L.A. saw roughly 48,200 people enter the Los Angeles Conference Center’s halls, whereas more than 335,000 people attended Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With that in mind, this year’s exhibition set for August 5-9 ought to garner even more traffic, especially with a bevy of hotly anticipated titles slated for display in 2015, including Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Bearing all of that in mind, it’s no surprise that Konami‘s general manager Mark Schneider has said that Gamescom represents the “most important consumer exhibition in the world.” In fact, the Tokyo-based company obviously thinks so highly of Gamescom that they’re giving attendees of Gamescom 2015 the chance to be the first among the public to get a hands-on demo of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
In addition to Metal Gear Solid 5, sports gaming fans will also get a playable version of the upcoming Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, which is the FIFA franchise’s closest rival. With both titles being available at Konami’s booth on the show floor, the publisher has said that any additional plans they may have for the event will be announced at a later date.
Despite their obvious excitement for a taste of MGS gameplay, fans of Kojima Productions‘ tactical stealth-action epic are without a doubt well-aware of the controversy in which the title has been mired. However, for those not in the know, a few months ago, speculation over whether or not series creator Hideo Kojima quit working for Konami during The Phantom Pain‘s production—which is still unsubstantiated—led to even more rumors, as well as the publisher’s attempt to hide info about the split.
Regardless, with so much blatant contention between the two entities, the rift has certainly become obvious. And while Metal Gear Solid 5‘s actors have been vocal about the feud, saying that Kojima was fired and that his studio was forced to disband, we may never know the actual truth behind the quarrel. At any rate, the legendary game developer and designer is allegedly set to depart from Konami as soon as The Phantom Pain ships.
At any rate, with the series’ rich history and in-depth storylines, devotees of the franchise will hopefully be pleased once the final product reaches store shelves. Additionally, no matter what happens as far as the falling out between Kojima and Konami goes, with the title’s extended gameplay trailer showing multiple ways to play the game, maybe the fans will get yet another Metal Gear Solid release worthy of revisiting again and again.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is set for release on September 1, 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.