Since its release at the beginning of September, the response to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has been tremendous. Although the title was one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, critics have generally agreed that it has lived up to the hype, and successfully translated the franchise’s stealth gameplay into an open world setting. What’s more, Metal Gear Solid 5 has also been a sales smash, and Konami has announced that the game is the best selling title in the series.
There have, however, been a few causes for concern. Metal Gear Solid 5 has faced some criticism over an uneven story, and it has been revealed that the title had a third chapter called Peace cut from the game entirely. Although the reasons for the cut content are not yet known, many have speculated that it may have something to do with the game’s difficult development cycle and the split between Konami and Hideo Kojima.
As well as these larger problems, Metal Gear Solid 5 has also been home to a number of troublesome bugs. Initially, using Quiet as a partner in Mission 29 or 42 could corrupt the player’s save file, losing all their progress up to that point. Thankfully, that particular bug has now been removed, first by a quick fix and then by a larger PS4 patch, but it now seems as though PS4 players have another issue to be on the lookout for.
Some PS4 players have found that their save files have once more been corrupted, and this time Metal Gear Solid 5’s sniper companion had nothing to do with it. As it turns out, gamers playing the title on a PS4 with more than one Sony Entertainment Network account loaded could be subject to a broken save file. The issue, as reported by GameSpot, leaves the player with an error message reading that “this save data cannot be used, as the relevant downloadable content was not found.” Unfortunately, this leaves the user unable to launch the game.
Although Konami is currently working on a fix that will allow players to have more than one Sony Entertainment Network account, at the moment the publisher is only recommending using a single SEN account per console. This fix, however, is not exactly helpful for those that share a console, so Metal Gear Solid 5 players with more than one SEN account per PS4 will no doubt be waiting on tenterhooks for more news regarding this patch. Konami will no doubt stop thinking about a Metal Gear Solid future without Kojima and deal with the problems at hand.
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